Budgies eat dry food such as seeds and green food such as fruits and grass. Feeding budgies a seed-only diet is detrimental to their health over time. Therefore, keepers must also provide green foods to their birds. Furthermore, Birds may not get all the nutrition they need from food. Hence, keepers should also consider adding supplements to the diet of budgies. Besides supplements, which we will discuss later, budgies can eat seeds, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and plants. Here is what can budgies eat list for each food category:
What type of seeds do budgies eat?
The typical seed mixture of budgerigars mostly contains millet, including yellow and red. The seed mixture should include oats, flaxseed, canary seeds, sunflower, Niger, and nutritional supplements. You can add these types to the seed mixture if not present.
What fruits can budgies eat?
Budgies can eat a wide variety of fruits, such as apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis, melons, pineapple, mango, pumpkin, and berries. While a specific fruit is safe for your bird, it may not enjoy it and refrain from eating it. You should always try what it likes and offer it once in a while.
What vegetables can budgies eat?
When you offer vegetables to your bird, you should prioritize dark leafy vegetables such as spinach and Arugula and radish leaves, and other dark vegetables from the inside and outside. Examples of dark vegetables include corn, broccoli, cooked sweet potatoes, beet, hot peppers, and bell pepper. These vegetables contain the highest nutritional value and are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Nuts, grains, and legumes
Nuts are a healthy choice for your pet bird as they are rich in good fatty acids and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Since nuts are an expensive choice and taste, you can feed them to your bird as a treat. They include:
Budgies also enjoy grains such as pats and plain cooked rice without added salt or spices. You can also offer legumes such as raw peas, cooked lentils and kidney beans.
Some plant leaves are a healthy choice to offer for your budgie. We include:
You can sprout seeds such as millet and legumes such as lentils and feed them to your birds. Sprouted plants are highly nutritious and are loaded with more vitamin, minerals and enzymes. They are especially handy during molt and breading season.
What can budgies not eat?
The toxic list of foods that budgies cannot eat from our food categories include:
- Tomato leaves
- Bitter almond
Note: while tomatoes are not toxic, they are highly acidic and may upset the digestive system of some birds. For further information, read: toxic foods.