Hepper is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. Learn more.

Can Parrots Eat Grapes? Vet Approved Nutrition Facts

Rachel Giordano

By Rachel Giordano

Red seedless Grapes texture in market

Vet approved

Dr. Ashley Darby Photo

Reviewed & Fact-Checked By

Dr. Ashley Darby

Veterinarian, BVSc

The information is current and up-to-date in accordance with the latest veterinarian research.

Learn more »

This article has been reviewed for factual accuracy by a qualified veterinarian, using information available at the time of publishing. Parrot owners are urged to consult with their veterinarian when making dietary decisions for their pet. This article is designed to provide general information but it does not take into account your pet’s health status or circumstances.

Parrots are inquisitive creatures and love to investigate what you’re eating, like grapes, for example. If you’re a parrot owner and have experienced your parrot trying to snatch a bite of your grapes, you may wonder if it’s safe to let your parrot share some with you. Well, as parrots refer to over 300 species of birds, it is important to know your bird’s natural diet. Thankfully, grapes are nutritious for many fruit-eating parrots and are typically a favorite food item, but you should give them sparingly due to their high sugar content.

In this post, we’ll explain how often and how much you can give your parrot grapes, along with nutrition tips to keep your parrot healthy and happy.

bird divider

The Health Benefits of Grapes for Parrots

Grapes are a nutritious fruit that provides parrots with copper, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese, and potassium. They also provide iron, zinc, and fiber. Antioxidants and polyphenols are also present, which help with maintaining ideal blood pressure in humans. The fiber content in grapes improves digestion. 1 cup of red grapes contains 1.4 grams of fiber.

Green Parrot eat grapes
Image Credit: rherecoach, Shutterstock

How Often Can I Give My Parrot Grapes?

Moderation is key in feeding grapes to your parrot. They love their sweet taste and will gladly eat as many as you provide, but it’s important not to give too many too often.

It’s perfectly fine to give your parrot two grapes cut in half once or twice a week as a special treat or reward. Offering more than that amount could lead to your parrot refusing other foods due to developing a taste for grapes, and they require a balanced diet to be healthy.

Can Parrots Eat Grape Seeds?

Yes! Parrots can absolutely eat the seeds in grapes. Ensure you cut the grapes in half before giving them to your bird, and ensure the seeds will not cause a choking hazard. Limit the amount of seeds to smaller parrots to avoid a choking risk.

Ring necked parrot eating a grape
Image Credit: John Carnemolla, Shutterstock

Do Grapes Contain Pesticides?

Grapes can contain pesticides, so it’s important to ensure you wash them thoroughly with water.

What’s an Ideal Parrot Diet?

Parrots require a balanced diet of high-quality pellets and fresh, whole foods.

High-quality, species appropriate, pellets should comprise 80% of a parrot’s diet.

Fresh foods should account for 20% of your parrot’s diet and can be a mixture of:
  • Cooked whole grains (brown rice), oats, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, twice a week
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Leafy greens
  • Sweet peas
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Corn
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Spouts
  • Cooked legumes

Fruits, seeds, and nuts should only account for a small portion of the diet and be fed in moderation.

Safe fruits for birds are:
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Melons (no rind)
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Cranberries
  • Bananas
  • Papaya

Avoid avocados, caffeine, uncooked beans, chocolate, and excessive sugar, fats and salts.

 bird divider

Final Thoughts

Parrots can safely enjoy grapes in moderation. They offer many nutritional benefits for birds, and birds love the taste. It’s important to only feed two grapes cut in half once or twice a week due to the high sugar content; plus, your bird could develop a taste for grapes and refuse their regular diet.

Ensure you feed your parrot a well-balanced diet, and consult your veterinarian if ever in doubt about what to feed your parrot. Pet parrots rely on you, the human, to provide them with their daily nutritional needs, and with a little education, you can safely feed your bird a healthy and balanced diet.

Featured Image Credit: Sunwand24, Shutterstock

Related Articles

Further Reading

Vet Articles

Latest Vet Answers

The latest veterinarians' answers to questions from our database