A bowl of strawberries

Can Parrots Eat Strawberries?

Strawberries make a sweet and juicy snack that is also incredibly healthy. As summertime approaches, many of us like to munch on a bowl of red strawberries. But are these summer treats good for parrots too?

Parrots can safely eat strawberries along with their seeds and leaves. They are high in nutrition and packed with dietary fiber. Strawberries are also thoroughly enjoyed by parrots. 

However, store-bought strawberries have a higher risk of pesticide residues. That’s why opting for organic strawberries is a better choice. 

Do Parrots Like Strawberries?

Most parrots like strawberries for their sweet taste and bright red color. Parrots make their choice in food based on a combination of senses and sight is one of them. The red color and striking appearance of strawberries draw parrots in. That is why they cannot resist but watch you when you eat strawberries. 

Parrots have fewer taste buds than us, but they are able to enjoy the sweet taste of strawberries. The juiciness of the fruit and the small seeds also add to the appeal of strawberries.

Are Strawberries Good For Parrots?

Strawberries are incredibly nutritious for parrots.  They contain a range of vitamins and minerals, which can be beneficial to add to your parrot’s daily nutrient intake. Strawberries are also low in calories and sugar, which makes them an ideal fruit to give to your parrot. Below are the health benefits of feeding strawberries to your parrot:

Low Sugar 

Fruits are often a healthy way to cater to our parrot’s sweet tooth. But strawberries are kind of an exception in that case. They are not only sweet, but they’re also naturally low in sugar. According to Healthline, strawberries are among the low-sugar fruits. The mouthwatering sweet flavor of strawberries does not come at the expense of loads of fructose. 

These red berries are sweet and come with a good amount of fiber. This makes them tasty and also ensures a slow release of energy. So, you can let your parrot snack on them without watching their sugar intake. 


The high fiber content of strawberries makes an important component in a parrot’s diet. The soluble fiber aids the digestion process and promotes regular bowel movements.

Vitamin C

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and improves immune function.


Potassium is an essential mineral for parrots that helps regulate their electrolyte balance. 


This is a trace mineral that is commonly found in vegetables and grains. It is an important mineral for many vital processes in the body. 

What Parrots Of The Strawberry Can Parrots Eat?

All parts of the strawberry fruit are safe for parrots to eat including its leaves and seeds. 

Can Parrots Eat Strawberry Leaves?

Yes, strawberry leaves are edible and safe for parrots to eat. Parrots do not typically go for the leaves unless you provide them. But they will have no problem eating the leaves, even though they taste slightly bitter. 

Can Parrots Eat Strawberry Seeds?

The seeds in the strawberry are safe for parrots to eat. In fact, the seeds add a crunchy texture to the fruit, which makes strawberries even more appealing to parrots. Strawberry seeds contain protein, fiber, and a number of different nutrients. 

Risk Of Pesticide In Strawberries

Strawberries are noted for having the highest pesticide residue in fruits. Unless you are buying organic strawberries there is a high risk of pesticides. According to CNN, strawberries remain to have the highest concentration of pesticide of any fruit. 

As per the Centre for Science and Environment washing fruits with water removes about 75-80% of pesticide. 

To fully clean the fruit, there are several methods you can use. One of the common methods that works best is soaking the fruit in water mixed with baking soda. 

Mix 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of water. Soak the fruits in the bowl and make sure they are dipped properly. Let them soak in the water for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse the fruits thoroughly under cold running water to clean the fruit. This method helps eliminate pesticides and residues effectively.

Can Parrots Drink Strawberry Juice?

Parrots can drink small quantities of fresh strawberry juice. But it is preferred to feed them the whole fruit. This is because the concentration of sugars tends to be higher in strawberry juice compared to the whole fruit. The process of juicing extracts the liquid content of strawberries, without the accompanying fiber. 

Consuming whole strawberries provides not only natural sugars but also fiber, which delays the absorption of sugar. Fruit juices can cause a spike in blood sugar in parrots and are not ideal for regular consumption. 

If you want to give your parrot strawberry juice, it would be better if you dilute it with some water. This will ensure they get all of the vitamins and minerals without ingesting too much sugar at one time.

Can Parrots Eat Dried Strawberries?

Parrots can technically eat dried strawberries, but you shouldn’t feed them too many. Dried strawberries are made by the process of dehydration, which increases the sugar level of the fruit. Dried strawberries retail much of the nutrients from the actual fruit, but there is no reason you should feed them over regular strawberries.

How To Serve Strawberries To Parrots?

Before serving the strawberries to your parrot, they should be washed thoroughly with cold water to clean away any dirt or pesticide residue. Next, you can either give the strawberry whole to your parrot or chop it up into small pieces. Parrots like it both ways. 

How Many Strawberries Can Parrots Eat?

Strawberries should be served as a treat to parrots. For a small parrot, one or two strawberry is sufficient. While a smaller parrot should be given no more than one strawberry a day. Strawberries can be offered every day, but make sure they’re clean, preferably organic. 

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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