Parrot Foods

You might be wondering what the best food for your Pet Bird is, right? Well it is really good that the market offers a large variety of choices though sometimes this can also make it confusing at to which product is best for your pet. We have put together reviews for different types of pet bird species. Remember a healthy diet consists of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. All suggestions below are selected based on this dietary requirement.

Feeding your pet bird with the best food keeps them healthy and happy. After analyzing some professional reviews, we have some pieces of advice about recommended food.

Taking care of your pet bird is similar to taking care of a child. You must make sure that you provide proper nutrition, a healthy environment, ample physical activity, and even lots of love. There is a fact that the health of pet bird depends largely to the extent of the kind and quality of food.

Best Foods for different Species of Pet Birds

Amazon Parrot

Budgie

Parrot Pellets & Seeds

Cockatiel

Finch

Parakeet

Lovebirds

African Greys

Macaw

Eclectus Parrot

Parrotlets

A Birds Digestive System

The bird’s digestive system is different than many other animals. Their organs are not seen in most other animals because they are specifically designed for certain tasks that only a bird carries out. Organs you may never heard of that are part of the bird’s digestive system are the crop, the proventriculus, and the gizzard. All of these have specific functions that carry out the complicated task of breaking down food and allowing a bird to absorb life-sustaining nutrients.

Beak

The beak has adapted in shape according to the kind of food the bird eats. Parrots and other birds that eat large, thick, hard shelled nuts need a really strong curved beak to put enough pressure on the nut to crack it. The curve of the beak also serves as an aide in climbing up branches in trees. Birds with straighter pointed beaks eat more smaller, softer seeds so they don’t need as powerful of a beak. They also often use their beak as a pecking tool to quickly peck insects or other “peck-able” objects.

Crop

Birds have no teeth, so there is no chewing before food is coated with a bit of saliva and it travels down to it’s first destination; the crop. This little organ is usually visible on the outside of the bird’s body. It appears as a little lump. A pouch where food accumulates and stored. It kind of hangs out here while small amounts drop down in to the next organ of digestion; the Proventriculus.

Proventriculus

The Proventriculus is the first of two parts of the stomach. This first stomach is the one that secretes the juices that help break down the birds food for digestion. Special glands release digestive juices to soften food so that the birds body can take it apart on a molecular level and use it to keep the bird alive. Then the food passes to the Ventriculus. This is the more muscular second half of the stomach, more commonly known as the gizzard. The gizzard often contains grit or gravel to help grind up food. Some birds ingest whole seeds that have not been shelled. In cases like this, the power of the gizzard along with some hard pieces of grit, break down the shell so the nutrient-filled insides can be processed. When the gizzard is finished with it’s job, the food slips into the intestines of the bird.

The Intestines

In the intestines, more juices are excreted. Bile and enzymes designed to break food down even more get to work on the food. In the intestines, tiny particles of food nutrition pass through teeny tiny holes to travel through the blood stream and are used to “fuel” the bird. At the end of the line, some parts of the food cannot be used by the bird. This unusable food, along with waste products brought back from the bloodstream, come out of the bird as feces and urine. All waste leaves the bird from the Vent or Cloaca. Since birds eat often and have such a high metabolism, they excrete waste often. A bird can have as many as fifty bowel movements a day.

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– Written by: Arianna Pleitez

Birds Digestive System

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