Ringneck parrot eating peanut in the shell and scattering it

Can Parrots Eat Peanuts?

Parrots do not eat peanuts in the wild because they are not found on trees like other nuts. In fact, peanuts are not even nuts, they are actually legumes that grow underground. 

However, they share much of their characteristics with tree nuts and are used as such for culinary purposes. So can parrots eat peanuts?

Parrots can eat peanuts as occasional snacks. Peanuts are a high-protein food but offer them in moderation because they are also quite high in fats and calories. 

Peanuts are also a common ingredient in Lafebers Nutri-Berries because of their nutritional value. 

Are Peanuts Safe For Parrots?

Peanuts are safe for parrots to consume. However, you should be aware that peanuts are not meant to be stored for a long time. When stored for a long time, peanuts can develop a poisonous group of toxins called aflatoxins produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus. 

According to Food Control, peanuts are vulnerable to Aspergillus flavus. It is an environmental contaminant that is known to cause respiratory problems in birds. 

Whenever you are feeding peanuts to your parrots or eating yourself, check for any development of mold on the peanut. 

Peanuts can get contaminated with the fungi both during pre and post-harvest. Thankfully though, careful measures are taken to test foods for aflatoxins and ensure they are safe for consumption.  

According to the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) undertakes rigorous testing of foods that may contain aflatoxin including peanuts and peanut butter.  

Nutritional Benefits Of Peanuts For Parrots

Peanuts offer several nutrients including the B Group of vitamins, Vitamin E, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. They are also a good source of macronutrients particularly protein and healthy fats.

These nuts provide a balance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. However, you should remember that peanuts are calorie-dense, so portion control is necessary when feeding them to your parrot.

Can Parrots Eat Peanuts In The Shell?

Parrots cannot eat peanut shells. When giving peanuts to your parrot always remove the shell first. The shell of the peanut is not edible and can cause stomach upset if your parrot eats it. Moreover, peanut shells are at a higher risk of aflatoxin contamination, especially if they have been stored for a while.

Can Parrots Eat Peanut Skin?

Parrots can eat peanuts with the skin. In addition to being high in soluble fiber, peanut skin is loaded with antioxidants that help boost immunity and prevent diseases. According to Science Direct, peanut skin contains potassium and fatty acids like Palmitic, oleic, and linoleic acids. 

Can Parrots Eat Salted Peanuts?

Avoid giving salted peanuts to parrots. Salt can be toxic to parrots in excessive amounts. Salted peanuts are loaded with high amounts of sodium, which can be unsafe for parrots. While eating a couple of salted peanuts won’t hurt your parrot, you should avoid offering them any.   

Can Parrots Eat Roasted Peanuts?

Parrots can eat dry-roasted and unsalted peanuts. Peanuts roasted in oil are not recommended for parrots, as they contain added fats that can bloat them with unhealthy calories. Dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts are a healthier option for parrots as they are plain.

Can Parrots Eat Peanut Butter?

Peanut butter is not inherently unsafe for parrots, but it is not particularly healthy either. If you’re feeding your parrot homemade or organic peanut butter, one scoop will not cause any problems. But you should be careful while offering them store-bought peanut butter. 

Most types of peanut butter contain ingredients like sugar salt and vegetable oil, which can be harmful for parrots. Some of them even contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which is toxic to parrots. Before offering peanut butter to your parrot check the label on the bottle to see whether it contains xylitol.  

Do Parrots Like Peanuts?

If you’re feeding peanuts to your parrot for the first time, they will like to get a taste of it as it looks and feels exactly like most of the nuts they eat. Parrots like peanuts because of their nutty and sweet taste. The earthy flavor of peanuts makes them an appealing treat for parrots. 

Unshelled peanuts

How Many Peanuts Can Parrots Eat?

When feeding peanuts to your parrot, practice moderation. You should offer only a few peanuts to your parrots and make sure not to give them every day. Small parrots can be given 3-4 peanuts while larger parrots can eat 4-5 at a time. 

How Often Can Parrots Have Peanuts?

Peanuts should be served to parrots occasionally and in limited quantities. They have high fat content and excessive consumption can lead to obesity and related complications. There are better alternatives if you want to feed nuts to your parrot, which is why you should only serve peanuts occasionally. Also, offering a variety of nuts ensures a well-balanced diet for parrots, as relying on one type of nut can limit the nutritional diversity they can benefit from.

How Should I Serve Peanuts To Your Parrots?

Peanuts should be served to parrots shelled and raw. The shell is not edible to eat and might cause GI upset if your parrot eats it. Also, you should avoid giving your parrot the way you might prepare them for human consumption, such as adding salt or roasting them. Plain peanuts are quite delicious on their own and parrots can enjoy them risk-free. 


You can feed peanuts to your parrots, but it is best if you do it infrequently. Also, unsalted and plain peanuts are the safest for your parrot. Peanuts provide a good amount of protein and some healthy nutrients, so including them sparingly would give some variety to your parrot’s diet. Nuts in general, should not make a larger part of a parrot’s diet. Plus, there are much healthier alternatives available like cashews, pistachios, and almonds. 

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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