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Author Topic: What’s the difference in diet for Amazons, Macaws and Conures?” - by Tony Silva  (Read 433 times)

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In aviculture, there is a tendency to utilize a single diet for all species, making slight modifications where deemed of utmost importance, such as providing nuts for the largest of the macaws. This concept of parrot feeding tends to provide diets that are either too fatty for birds that easily become obese (such as Galahs or Amazon parrots) or does not provide the high fat requirements needed by some species (namely macaws). The diet often fails to take into account the higher vitamin A and dietary fiber requirements of species like Eclectus.

This suggests that one diet--even the parrot pelleted diets so widely used in the USA and becoming more popular overseas with each passing day--cannot provide the dietary needs of all of the seed eating parrots. To achieve optimum health and breeding the aviculturist must be prepared to vary the diet amongst the species in a mixed collection or alternately to specialize in just one group, whose diet is identical.

Amazons tend to become obese on a high fat diet. This obesity affects general health and breeding. Their diet should contain minimal amounts of fatty seeds like sunflower and safflower, no nuts, and large amounts of a variety of small seeds. I like some of the commercial cockatiel or conure diets that have minimal amounts of sunflower and safflower or pellets for this group. The seeds or pellets should ideally form no more than 80% of the diet and ideally no more than 60% if only seeds are fed. The rest of their diet should be composed of vegetables and fruits.

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