Parrot eating hazelnuts

Can Parrots Eat Hazelnuts?

Hazelnuts are commonly found in a wild parrot’s habitat. They are the fruit of the hazel tree which is typically found in hot climates.

Hazelnuts are high in fats, and protein, and offer a variety of vitamins, and minerals. They are also a popular snack among humans. But are they safe for parrots to eat?

Hazelnuts are an especially healthy treat for parrots to eat. Although they are high in calories, hazelnuts can provide many crucial nutrients when fed in the right amount. 

Parrots can eat hazelnuts, but there are some things to keep in mind when feeding them. Dry-roasted and unsalted hazelnuts are ideal for parrots to eat as they do not contain high amounts of sodium and fat. You should keep your parrots away from all other store-bought hazelnuts that are loaded with salt, seasonings, and harmful additives.

Health Benefits Of Hazelnuts For Parrots

Hazelnuts are rich in protein, fats, and various essential minerals. Because of its nutritional benefits, the hazelnut is often regarded as one of the healthiest snacks. Similarly, for parrots, it is also most beneficial when served in the form of an occasional snack. 

Highly Nutritious 

Hazelnuts are packed with essential nutrients that make a well-balanced parrot diet. They provide a good amount of protein, dietary fiber, and healthy fats. These nuts are also rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium as well as vitamins such as Vitamin E and Vitamin K. They also contain a good amount of B-vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and Vitamin B-6. (Source)

Prevents Constipation 

Hazelnuts can benefit parrots in many ways. Since they are high in fiber, hazelnuts can be great for digestive health and promote healthy bowel movements. They can also prevent constipation in parrots by adding bulk and softening their stool, which makes it easier for them to pass waste.

Risks Of Feeding Too Many Hazelnuts To Parrots

As diverse as your parrot’s eating habits may be, they do require intervention from you on most occasions. This means, that while many foods may be fine for them to safely eat, some can be harmful.

Although hazelnuts contain good fats, consuming too many can still lead to obesity. Pet parrots often live a more sedentary lifestyle in comparison to wild parrots. Overindulging in hazelnuts can potentially lead to obesity in parrots. While hazelnuts offer valuable nutrients, consuming them excessively can result in a higher intake of calories and fats overall. 

Letting your parrot eat hazelnuts in excess can make for an unbalanced diet, promoting obesity. Obesity can further have adverse effects on a parrot’s health and put them at the risk of many diseases including arthritis, heart issues, and a decreased quality of life. An overweight body can also lead to a poor quality of life for the parrot.

Can parrots eat hazelnuts

Can Parrots Eat Roasted Hazelnuts?

Yes, dry-roasted hazelnuts are safe for parrots to eat. However, make sure that the roasted hazelnuts do not have seasonings, extra salt, or oils. Those can add extra calories and some of the ingredients may not be healthy for parrots.

Specifically salt in excess can be harmful to parrots. It may throw off their electrolyte balance and lead to symptoms like increased thirst. Also, the heat from roasting can destroy some of the nutrients in the hazelnuts. So if you want to offer hazelnuts to your parrot, it’s best to serve them plain and unsalted.

Can Parrots Eat Salted Hazelnuts?

You should avoid feeding salted hazelnuts to your parrot. Commercially available salted hazelnuts contain high amounts of salts, which can be toxic to parrots. 

Salt is not harmful to parrots on its own, in fact, it is an essential mineral that is needed in their daily diet. However, in large amounts, it can be toxic to them. So when you’re giving hazelnuts to your parrot, make sure they’re raw and plain.

Is Hazelnut Butter Safe For Parrots?

Hazelnut butter is safe for parrots to consume. But as with all calorically high foods, it is best to practice moderation. Hazelnut butter has an even higher fat content, which can create problems if your parrot eats too much of it. If you want to share some hazelnut butter with your parrot, you can give it a couple of licks, but any more than that may cause a stomach upset.

How Many Hazelnuts Can a Parrot Have?

The number of hazelnuts a parrot can eat generally comes down to its size. As a rule of thumb, a large parrot can have up to 3 hazelnuts in a day. Whereas a smaller parrot should only be allowed up to 1 or 2 hazelnuts. 

Hazelnuts are a good source of protein, for your parrot, but you should still avoid feeding it to them on a daily basis. You should also not leave a pack of hazelnuts in front of your parrot. They can overeat and fill themselves up on these nuts which is not good for them. 

How To Feed Hazlenuts To Parrots?

Hazelnuts can be enjoyed by parrots in various forms, including raw, roasted, crushed, or butter. However, most parrots prefer you give them raw hazelnuts. Raw nuts are also generally a healthier option. 

Parrots have access to hazelnuts in the wild where they eat from the hazelnut trees. The action of cracking the shell with their beaks helps parrots 


Hazelnuts offer a variety of nutrients that can improve your parrot’s overall health. Even though they contain higher levels of fats, these are mostly good fats. It’s important to differentiate between the two. Good fats are actually essential for your parrot and should be included in their diet. However, hazelnuts should not make up a part of your parrot’s diet, rather they should be served as a treat. 

Some people even believe that parrots can become nut junkies where they may refuse to eat other foods. So be careful not to let your parrot indulge in the hazelnuts more than they should. 

When they are served as a small snack, they can complement the parrot’s overall diet. Also if you serve it less often, your parrot will appreciate it more.

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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