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What do Macaws eat?

Macaw Diet

What do macaws eat in the wild?

Fruit, berries, seeds, nuts & some vegetation... and even sometimes small amounts of meat!


What should I feed my macaw?

A well balanced diet is important so your macaw will enjoy a long & healthy life.  Macaws require a lot of fat & oil in their diet.  Mixed nuts provide a great source of fat.  Recommended nuts include:  brazils, almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamias & filberts.

Pasta, beans (cooked), sweet potato & brown or wild rice are great foods to keep your macaws diet balanced.  Other "people food" such as scrambled eggs, french toast, spaghetti, crackers & bagels are ok to feed also.  Generally, if the food is nutritious & wholesome for you, it is safe to feed your macaw.

Most big birds love their fruits.  There's no need to take the skin off (but do wash it) of the banana or orange.... they will "de-shell" it!  Apple, banana, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries (without the pit), coconut, grapefruit, kiwi, melons, mango, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, raspberries & strawberries.

And don't forget veggies!  Asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, corn cucumber, kale, peas, peppers, potato, pumpkin, spinach, sprouts, squash, tomato & zucchini.


Besides a diet of "people" food, macaws should be fed pellets.  I offer about 30% of his diet in the form of pellets.  There are many different choices out there for pellets and you may have to try several different kinds before you find one your bird likes.

Macaws waste a lot of their food.  They love to do the "beak toss" as they rummage through their bowl.  I think Toby just likes to watch me sweep!  But "wasting" their food is not an unusual behavior in macaws. 



 If you've ever encountered one of these amazing and very strong creatures you'd be tempted to say they eat whatever they want to eat. Strong and adequate diet is the ticket to their survival in captivity. They've been known to live 50 or more years. In the wild they eat nuts, fruits, flowers and nectar from flowers. Domestic bird foods have been developed to replicate this natural diet credits parrottimes.com


Interesting quick facts:

* Dried, unsweetened apricots have the highest vitamin A content of ALL fruits!

* Apples have acids which keep the liver and digestive system healthy.

* Of all the melons, Honeydew has the lowest vitamin content.