Parrot eating cashews

Can Parrots Eat Cashews?

Cashew nuts are a staple in a wild parrot’s diet depending on where they come from. They are sweet, and highly nutritious food that are high in both protein and fat.

For us humans, cashews are undoubtedly one of the healthiest snacks, promoting heart health, and immunity. But when it comes to the health of our pet parrots are cashews safe?

Parrots can safely eat cashews, but you should not overfeed them. Cashews are most beneficial to parrots when fed in moderation. The only problem with cashews is their high-fat content, which can promote obesity in parrots when given in large amounts.

Are Cashews Good For Parrots?

Plain cashews are safe for parrots to eat. In fact, they can have many health benefits for parrots. Cashews are rich in fiber, protein vitamin E, and unsaturated fats. In addition, cashews also contain various important minerals like Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Phosphorus, Iron and Selenium.

These are the following nutrients in cashews as per The USDA:

Total Fat: 43.8g
Protein: 18.2g
Fiber: 3.3g
Vitamin E: 0.9mg
Copper: 2.2mg
Magnesium: 292mg
Manganese: 1.66mg
Zinc: 5.78mg
Phosphorus: 593mg
Iron: 6.68mg
Selenium: 19.9µg

Benefits Of Cashews For Parrots?

Cashews are no doubt a healthy and tasty snack option for parrots. They can provide your parrots with energy while also fulfilling their daily intake of essential nutrients.

One of the main benefits of cashews is their high-fat content. According to AFA Watchbird the fats found in nuts are healthy for parrots promoting the growth of vibrant and colorful feathers. They also suggest that nuts might help lower the risk of coronary heart disease in parrots as it does in humans.

Nuts are often thought of as having a lot of fat and cholesterol. However, recent studies suggest that the fats in nuts are good fats. It’s important to understand the difference between good and bad fats.

Bad fats are the ones in processed food that are known to clog our arteries and create all sorts of health complications. However, nuts like cashews are whole foods. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in cashews can help lower cholesterol levels and promote heart health in parrots.

Risks Of Feeding Too Many Cashews To Parrots

If you want to share some cashews with your pet parrot, you can do so, but don’t let it be a regular thing. Obesity is one of the few risks of feeding cashews to your parrot on a regular basis.

Most parrots will be fine eating cashews occasionally. However, because of the high amounts of fat in these nuts, they can contribute to obesity if they are consistently fed in large amounts. 

Although cashews are healthy, they can have their drawbacks if consumed in excess. As parrot owners, we need to keep in mind, that cashew are a treat for parrots. Parrots should be fed a diet that is appropriate for their body weight. Feeding more cashews can increase the risk of obesity as they are a high-calorie food.

It can also put your parrot at risk of other health complications. In general, treats and snacks should make a very small portion of your parrot’s overall diet.

Can Parrots Eat Roasted Cashews?

Yes, parrots can enjoy roasted cashews as snacks. They can be extra crunchy treats offering a good source of healthy fats and essential nutrients. However, it’s parrots should only be given plain roasted cashews. 

They should not be roasted in any form of oil or butter as that can significantly increase their fat content. Cashews are high in fat as is, so when you combine them with oil, they can become an unhealthy treat. It’s best to stick to offering cashews in their normal plain state, just like how parrots eat in the wild.

Can Parrots Eat Salted Cashews?

You should avoid giving salted cashews to your parrot. Salted cashews are often very high in sodium which can be toxic to parrots. Besides, packaged goods like salted cashews are fit for human consumption but parrots may find them difficult to digest. These store-bought cashews contain various preservatives and additives that can upset your parrot’s stomach.

Can Parrots Eat Cashew Butter?

Cashew butter is okay for parrots to eat in small quantities, just like cashews. However, the cashew butter should be homemade or at least organic. Many cashew butter available in stores contain ingredients that are unfit for parrot consumption.

If you buy cashew butter from the store, check the ingredients list on the product. Sometimes it contains xylitol, a type of artificial sweetener that is highly toxic to parrots. 

Also, the sweetened versions of cashew butter can possibly cause a stomach problem for parrots. So while you can feed cashew butter to your parrot, moderation is key.

Do Parrots Eat Cashew Apples?

Cashew apples are an accessory fruit that grows on top of the nut. Wild parrots do eat these fruits if they are available in their habitat. The cashew tree is found in tropical climates which also happens to be the habitat of most parrots. 

Cashew trees originally came from places like Brazil, India, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia, although now they are grown in many different parts of the world.

Pet parrots can also eat cashew apples. They contain much of the same nutrients as the nut. Also, they can be hydrating for the parrot.

How Many Cashews Can Parrots Eat?

As mentioned above, cashews are good for parrots to eat as a snack. Even though, cashews have numerous health benefits for your bird, it is best served in moderation. 

The amount of cashews your parrot can safely eat without the risk of obesity depends on its size. However, as a general rule, feeding your parrot 1-2 cashews a couple of times a week can be a good start. The majority of your parrot’s nutrition should come from a well-balanced diet.

How To Serve Cashews To Parrots?

You can serve your parrots cashews either raw or by soaking them in water overnight. Soaked cashews are easier to digest for the parrot. However, if we talk about preference, parrots actually like their cashews raw. 

Parrots can easily break raw cashews into small bite-sized pieces which they slowly chew on. You can give 1 or 2 cashews to your parrot at one particular time so they can enjoy eating it for a while.

Cashews can also be consumed with other foods like vegetables and fruits. You can simply crush some and sprinkle them on top. Some people also use cashews as a treat while training or exercising their parrots. If you want to use a snack for clicker training, cashews can be a good option.


Plain and unsalted cashews are safe and healthy for your parrot. They have many important nutrients including high protein that will supplement their diet. However, only feed cashews as snacks. They should not make a big part of their diet. Just remember to not overfeed them. Although cashews have good fats, they may create issues down the line if eaten more than necessary. 

Dorson Joseph
Dorson Joseph

I'm Dorson, a bird enthusiast who's had a lifelong fascination for the avian world. I am a parent to my beloved Senegal parrot and budgie, which has deepened my love for avian creatures and taught me a lot over the years. I co-run a bird store and care center with my friends, where we work with experienced professionals to care for our flock. Now, I find great joy in sharing my knowledge with others, hoping to assist fellow bird keepers and enthusiasts in understanding birds and helping them live happy lives.

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