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Can Parrots Eat Peppers? (Red, Green, Orange, Yellow)

Last Updated on February 4, 2024 by Carrie Stephens

Peppers (capsaicin) trigger pain receptors in mammals. Consequently, you may be concerned that your pet parrot will dislike the taste, experience a burning sensation, or endure stomach and intestinal distress.

Parrots can eat peppers, regardless of their rating on the Scoville scale, as birds can’t taste capsaicin. Peppers are low-calorie and high in vitamins B6 and C, iron, folate, potassium, antioxidants, and fiber.

Ghost peppers, habaneros peppers, banana peppers, and bell peppers are all highly nutritious, flavorful, and filling. Parrots can eat red, yellow, green, and orange peppers cooked or raw.

Why Parrots Like Hot Peppers

Parrots like eating peppers, whether they’re mild or intensely spicy. As stated, the heat won’t affect the tongue, mouth, or stomach because parrots are unaffected by the heat.

Parrots Can’t Taste Capsaicin

Peppers are hot due to an active component called capsaicin, which causes a burning sensation ranging from tingling to unbearable heat.

The more capsaicin a pepper has, the hotter it tastes to humans. However, birds can’t taste capsaicin, meaning the flavor will be neutral and inoffensive.

Birds’ TRPV1 receptor (called the capsaicin receptor) differs significantly from humans. In mammals, it causes a burning sensation in the mouth whenever pepper is eaten.

According to Cell Press, peppers evolved to have a spiciness that mammals dislike. However, they didn’t develop the same protection properties against birds.

Birds must eat pepper seeds and spread them to other areas via feces. This allows the plant species to continue propagating, ensuring the plant’s long-term survival.

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Peppers Don’t Cause Stomach Upsets

Peppers won’t burn a parrot’s mouth, nor will they unsettle the stomach or intestines. Parrots don’t get indigestion and bowel issues following the consumption of peppers.

Since peppers are alkaline, they’re neutral to the stomach and won’t cause bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.

Benefits of Peppers for Parrots

Bell peppers contain 6 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams. They are among the sweetest varieties, containing natural sugars (glucose and fructose).

While processed sugar harms parrots and may adversely affect digestion, that’s not the case with peppers. Parrots enjoy the sweet flavor and benefit from the extra energy.

Peppers contain capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory agent that may:

  • Relief of discomfort and discomfort.
  • Less arthritis-related joint soreness.
  • Lower risk of atherosclerosis.
  • Protects the cells from inflammation.
  • Treatment of bleeding ulcers.
  • Reduced incidence of obesity.

Soluble and Insoluble Fiber

Peppers are 2% fiber by fresh weight, which parrots need in their diet for better:

  • Digestive transit.
  • Bowel movements.
  • Nutrient absorption.

If a parrot is constipated, additional fiber will soften and add fullness to the stool.

Vitamins A, B6, And C

One medium-sized bell pepper fulfills 169% of our dietary vitamin C requirements.

Ascorbic acid is responsible for giving parrots:

  • A more robust immune system.
  • Superior tissue growth.
  • Stronger bones, beaks, and talons.
  • More vibrant feathers.

Most birds, including parrots, can produce vitamin C in their livers by processing glucose.

Peppers are also a good source of vitamin B6. According to Molecules, vitamin B6 may prevent chronic diseases. Known as pyridoxine, this water-soluble vitamin is necessary for:

  • Creating red blood cells.
  • Repairing neurotransmitters.
  • Metabolizing proteins, fats, and carbs.

Folate will revitalize a parrot’s feathers, keeping them healthy, strong, and colorful.

The capsicum annuum family is an excellent source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is needed for optical and reproductive health, mucous membrane maintenance, and prevention of respiratory and sinus infections.


A few slices of pepper provide parrots with the following minerals:

  • Potassium.
  • Zinc.
  • Selenium.
  • Manganese.
  • Copper.
  • Iron.

Parrots need electrolytes like potassium for fluid balance, nerve signals, metabolizing carbohydrates, and muscle contractions.

Iron enables parrots to produce healthy blood cells and increase their energy levels. However, parrots shouldn’t ingest too much iron because they’re vulnerable to Iron Storage Disease (ISD).

Bell Peppers

Parrots can eat all parts of the bell pepper, including the seeds. A parrot will enjoy the slightly sweet flavor and the core’s rough texture.

Although most people remove the seeds, since these contain the most heat, a parrot won’t mind. You can avoid waste by offering any leftovers to the parrot during mealtimes.

The meat and skin are delectable to parrots because they enjoy the rubbery texture and the long strips. Bell peppers contain all the nutrients of other peppers and more natural sugars.

Parrots can consume red peppers. The most common types are:

  • Red bell peppers.
  • Cayenne peppers.
  • Carolina reapers.
  • Habaneros.

Red peppers contain more nutrients than other colors because they were left on the vine longer.

Yellow Peppers

The color difference tells you the pepper’s age, not its species.

Some types are tastier earlier or later in their growth stage, so they’re picked accordingly. Riper peppers may also be hotter, while younger peppers are milder.

In yellow peppers, the heat intensity ranges from mild to extreme. The most popular types include:

  • Banana peppers.
  • Santa Fe grande peppers.
  • Golden cayenne peppers.
  • Wax peppers.
  • Aji Amarillo.

Orange Peppers

Orange bell peppers have a slightly different texture. They’re more nutritious than green or yellow peppers because they contain more beta-carotene.

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Green Peppers

Green peppers are where you find some milder flavors, including:

  • Poblano peppers.
  • Jalapenos.
  • Green bell peppers.
  • Anaheim peppers.

Ghost Peppers

The ghost pepper is infamous as the world’s hottest pepper, winning this title in the 2007 Guinness World Book of Records. It has a Scoville rating of over a million SHUs.

A Tabasco red pepper sauce bottle has Scoville ratings of 2,000 to 5,000. While ghost peppers aren’t the hottest variety in the world, this puts them in the top 10.

Banana Peppers

Banana peppers can reach up to 500 on the Scoville chart but also contain more fiber.

Other banana peppers contain no heat, which doesn’t reduce their health benefits. Parrots will enjoy biting through this long pepper. You can serve pepper cooked or raw.

Habanero Peppers

The habanero reaches 100,000 to 350,000 SHU on the Scoville scale, but a parrot won’t mind.

Due to the heat, the habanero is often used in hot sauces, which are also safe for a parrot to eat as long as they’re a plain variety. Unfortunately, most hot sauces contain chili peppers, vinegar, and salt.

Vibrantly colored peppers, especially red ones, are a healthy addition to a parrot’s diet. Offer pet parrots a few slices 2-3 times weekly alongside other nutritious fruits and vegetables.