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Can Parrots Eat Pizza?

Parrots and pizza have a complicated relationship. A lot of ingredients go into making pizza plus the choices are endless. There’s the classic Margherita, the popular pepperoni, or the all-favorite cheese burst.

With so many types of pizzas and a variety of toppings, it is really about finding the perfect match for them. However, it can be tricky to determine the guilty pleasure your parrot can safely indulge in. So you might be wondering if parrots can eat pizza. 

Parrots can eat pizza but you should ensure the toppings are safe for them. Certain traditional ingredients in pizza such as cheese, onion, and garlic can be harmful to parrots.

It is better if you can make them a pizza yourself. By baking it at home, you can ensure all the ingredients are safe for your parrot to consume. 

Ingredients In Pizza That Are Bad For Parrots 

There are so many things that make a pizza delicious. From pepperoni to pineapple, the choices of toppings are endless. You can keep it simple with just some fresh basil and mozzarella, or you can go all out with all the different options.

However, when choosing the pizza you want to eat with your parrot, there are a few ingredients that you should be aware of. Make sure your pizza does not include or have the safe quantities of the items listed below:  


Cheese is a crucial ingredient in pizza. And there are so many varieties of it. While cheese is not necessarily harmful to parrots, some types of cheese may not be suitable for them due to their lactose intolerance. 

In general, most hard cheeses and aged ones are fine for parrots to consume as they contain very little or close to no lactose. Make sure the pizza does not contain soft cheeses which are relatively high in lactose. Also, if you’re ordering pizza to share with your parrot, you might want to skip the extra cheese.  

Garlic & Onion 

Most types of vegetables are healthy for parrots and can supplement their diet with a lot of good nutrients. But Garlic and other members of the allium family, like onions, contain a compound that can be harmful to parrots. Garlic and onion are typically used in making the pizza sauce although they can also be a topping option. 


While you would rarely see avocado as an option for your pizza topping, it is important you be aware that it can be a toxic ingredient for your parrot. Avocados contain a toxin called persin, which can cause serious health problems for our parrots. 

Persin is found in the leaves, fruit, and seeds of the avocado, and has been known to cause damage to a parrot’s heart and respiratory system.

Ingesting even small amounts of avocado can lead to severe health problems for them. So make sure you don’t have avocado selected for your pizza topping. 


Parrots have a very different metabolism than humans, and their bodies aren’t equipped to handle high levels of sodium. Pizzas and other fast food contain high amounts of salt.

Though you can give it to them in small quantities, consuming too much salt can lead to electrolyte imbalances and cause a number of health problems in parrots, including frequent urination and dehydration. 

It must be noted that salt is not toxic to parrots per se. In fact, it is an essential mineral that they require in their diet and to carry out their day-to-day activities. It is just that, you need to watch over their sodium intake so it doesn’t reach toxic levels. 

Processed Meat

Parrots like meat but the ones you find in the market are not suitable to give to them. Meats such as ham, bacon, and sausage usually contain high amounts of salt, preservatives, and bad fats. 

Pepperoni in particular is a popular pizza topping, but it should not be consumed in large amounts as it also contains a good amount of sodium. Moreover, such types of meat have additives that can be bad for your parrot.  

Do Parrots Like Pizza?

Parrots like pizza just as much as we do, probably a bit more. My parrots enjoy the cheese a bit more than the crust part of it which is okay as long as you choose a low-lactose cheese. I usually bake at home and know what kind of ingredients would be right for them.

I have noticed my parrots indulge in the tomato sauce a bit too much so I keep the portions to a minimum. Parrots in general like the taste of pizza and you should definitely let them have some. Give it to them occasionally but don’t make it too often. 

Can Parrots Eat Pizza Crust?

Parrots can eat pizza crust without any worries. The crust is made out of wheat flour and is a type of bread that is fine for most birds to eat. However, while parrots can safely nibble on the crust, it does not provide much or any nutritional value. So it is better you do not make any type of bread a regular part of their diet. 

Can Parrots Eat Tomato Sauce? 

Parrots cannot safely eat tomato sauce. Not only does it have garlic and onion in it, but many store-bought sauces may also contain added sugar, salt, and other preservatives that can be harmful to parrots. 

Can Parrots Eat Pepproni Pizza?

Pepperoni is a type of processed meat and can be high in salt and unhealthy fats. Although a small bite of your pepperoni pizza won’t be a problem for your parrot, it is best you only choose fresh meat to give to your parrot. 

Pepperoni pizza

Parrot Safe Pizza Ingredients

I highly recommend that you make pizza for your parrot by yourself. That way you can ensure it doesn’t have any of the harmful toppings mentioned above. For instance, you can choose to use a low-sodium tomato sauce and limit the amount of cheese and toppings used. 

You can also avoid using garlic, onions, and other ingredients that are commonly found in store-bought ones. Now, I know, most of us aren’t cooks neither do all of us have the time for this.

However, it’s important to remember that the pizza you feed your parrot should be healthy for them. Here are some of the ingredients that can be used to create a pizza for your parrot. 

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough 

Certain types of pizza dough are loaded with salt and preservatives and should be avoided for your parrots. You can make your own dough that does not include salt and is free from other additives. 

Low-Sodium Tomato Sauce

The traditional recipe for making tomato sauce includes garlic, salt, and onion as well. While it is okay to sprinkle some salt, you should avoid adding any onion or garlic paste when making tomato sauce at home. Alternatively, you can also consider making a simple tomato sauce with just tomato puree and a small amount of water to dilute it.

Fresh Vegetables

Fresh veggies are not only healthy for parrots but tasty addition to their slice. Vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It can be a fun way to spruce up serving their everyday veggies to them. 

Hard Cheeses

Using the right type of cheese is another important thing in making the perfect pizza treat for your parrot. Mozzarella is the most widely used cheese for pizzas which is also fine by the way. However, you can certainly opt for other cheeses as well such as cheddar and Swiss that have even lower amounts of lactose. 

How Much Pizza Can Parrots Eat?

While parrots can enjoy a slice as a special treat, it’s important to keep in mind that pizza is not nutritionally a good food for them.

And so, you should only give your parrots a small bite from your slice. Giving them a little piece out of your slice is okay in moderation and as an occasional treat. 

A good rule of thumb is to give it to them no more than once a month and only offer a small slice.

This will help to ensure that your parrot is getting a balanced diet that meets all of its nutritional needs. Further, it also makes sure that parrots are able to tolerate cheese well.


Pizza can be a fun treat for your parrot but it should not be a regular part of their diet. You can offer them a small slice as an occasional treat alongside their regular diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Also, whenever you are giving a slice to your parrot, make sure all the toppings you order are safe for them.

A lot of the time, the numerous additions made to pizza can make it muddled with other food items. Some of which might be bad for your parrot. So always ensure you are giving them the right pizza, preferably the one made by you. 

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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