Parrot eating mango from tree

Can Parrots Eat Mango?

Mangoes typically grow in tropical regions where the weather is warm. Many parrot species including Indian ringnecks, Lorikeets, and Quaker parrots enjoy an abundant supply of these juicy fruits in their natural habitats.  

Mangoes are a healthy and nutritious treat for parrots packed with nutrients and fiber. However, they have a pretty high sugar content, so it is best to offer mango to your parrot as an occasional treat.

The flesh of the mango is safe for parrots, but you should always remove the mango pit/stone before serving. The pit or seed of the mango contains compounds that are toxic to parrots.

Is Mango Good for Parrots?

Mango is high in Vitamins A, B6, and C as well as dietary fiber, making it a nutritious snack for parrots. The sweet taste, soft texture, and juiciness of mangoes make them one of the most loved fruits by parrots. Mango boasts an incredible nutrient profile. Below are the nutritional benefits of mango for parrots:

Nutrient Dense

Mangoes are incredibly healthy for parrots. They have plenty of vitamin A, which is good for your parrot’s vision, feathers, and beak health. It also contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin B6.

Along with that, mangoes are also a rich source of potassium, copper, and folate. These minerals can strengthen your parrot’s immune system and overall health.

Mangoes are packed with a variety of different vitamins, ensuring your parrot gets optimum nutrition.

As fruits, they are a great option for an evening snack. They can be used as treats in training sessions as they also provide energy to parrots.

Low In Calories

Mangoes offer a ton of nutrition while still being a low-calorie food. They provide essential vitamins and minerals and their low-calorie content makes them a healthy snack option for parrots, preventing weight gain issues.

When offered in moderation, mangoes can be great for parrots ensuring they receive the necessary nutrients without the risk of excessive calorie intake. 

High In Fibre

Fiber is crucial for a healthy digestive tract. It is also an essential element in a parrot’s diet. It makes it easier for parrots to pass to stool and prevents constipation. It even regulates blood sugar levels to some extent. Digestible fiber also improves gut health and keeps gastrointestinal problems at bay.

Can Parrots Eat Mango Skin?

Parrots can safely consume mango skin. That’s how they do it in the wild. Parrots like to dig into the mango skin to get to the juicy part. Even though skin tastes bitter, parrots don’t mind it all that much and enjoy it as much as the flesh. 

Parrot skin is edible, but it is usually not consumed by us because of the way it tastes and its chewy texture. However, when serving mango to your parrot, you should keep the skin. 

Mango skin is just as nutritious as the flesh part. Mango skin contains carotenoids, high amounts of vitamin C, and vitamin E, and a lot of dietary fiber.  

However, there are also a few risks associated with mango skin that you should know. If the fruit is not organic, it may have pesticide residue over it, which requires two or three thorough washes to strip away fully. There is also the risk of an allergic reaction from eating mango skin.

Can Parrots Eat Mango Stone?

When feeding mango to your parrot, always remove the pit/stone first. The pit of the mango is harmful to parrots as it contains cyanide compounds, which can be poisonous if ingested. Although the size of the pit is quite large and cannot be eaten directly by parrots, you should not allow them to have it. 

If given the opportunity, parrots can break open the hard pit and may choose to eat it. Wild parrots only eat the flesh part of the mango and avoid the pit. This is also because parrots have the habit of wasting. They do not always eat a fruit completely that is so large. 

Can Parrots Eat Dried Mango?

Yes, parrots can eat dried mangoes, but only as an occasional snack. The dehydration process of mangoes removes the water content, which results in a higher concentration of sugar in the fruit.

Dried mangoes have a lot more sugar content than regular mangoes. This is why you should only feed dried mangoes to your parrot in moderation. 

Can Parrots Eat Canned Mango?

Any kind of processed human food is not suitable for parrots to eat. The same goes for canned mangoes. Parrots should not be offered canned mangoes as they contain added sugars or even artificial sugar syrups. These added sugars can be harmful to parrots and may lead to various health issues, including obesity and diabetes.

The canning process often adds preservatives or additives that are not good for a parrot’s digestive system. Canned fruits are also not fresh. You should offer fresh, and appropriately prepared fruits to your parrot to ensure they receive the nutrients without any harmful substances.

How To Feed Mango To Your Parrot?

Sliced mango with pit removed

Before feeding your parrot mango, there are a few things you should do to properly prepare it. Firstly, wash the mango with cold water, if you wish to also offer the mango with the skin.

Cut the mango and remove the pit. You can cut the mango flesh into blocks and serve it to your parrot. You can also serve the mango along with the skin and let your parrot dig into it. Parrots are very capable on their own to tear the skin into small bite-sized pieces for eating. 

How Much Mango Can Your Parrot Eat?

Since mangoes are a bit sugary, you should offer them to your parrot in moderation. You should be careful not to give your parrot too much mango. Mangoes can be an occasional treat for parrots.

They do not have to be a part of their diet. Generally, one or two small slices are enough for a large parrot. While small parrots can have one small slice of a mango.

It is true that mangoes have many health benefits for parrots, but they are not suitable for regular consumption due to their high fructose content. Too much of any fruit can cause stomach problems in parrots and even lead to weight gain.

How Often Can Parrots Eat Mango?

Mango should not be a regular in your parrot’s daily diet. It should only be given in small portions on certain occasions. A small slice of mango can be given as a treat.

Because of the sugar content, giving your parrot mango too frequently can be bad for its health. Also, you do not want your parrot to get hooked. Parrots like sweet foods and tend to overeat if given the opportunity. 

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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