Parrots and their many different species are easily one of the most well-known pet birds, thanks to their bright plumage, friendly personality, and “talking” ability. Unfortunately, proper bird nutrition is also commonly neglected.
If you don’t want this happening, you might be wondering what kind of fruits your parrot can eat. Or, to be more specific, can Quaker parrots eat watermelon? The answer is yes. Not only that, but adding watermelons to your Quaker parrot’s diet is ideal as the fruit is packed with nutrients and health benefits. It’s also a tasty snack that parrots love to particularly peck on.
If you wish to learn more about watermelons and just how healthy these fruits are for your Quaker parrot, keep reading this article.
Why Should You Feed Watermelons to Your Quaker Parrot?
Usually, bird owners resort to only pellets and birdseed when it comes to bird-keeping. But while it’s true that a big part of your pet bird’s diet should be a mixture of pellets and seeds, it shouldn’t be limited to that.
In particular, close to 30% of a domestic parrot’s diet should be made up of fruits and vegetables, as the bird itself is an omnivore that eats a variety of food in the wild.
Wild parrots typically snack on a healthy mixture of fruit, nuts, insects, flowers, seeds, and buds.
So, it’s only natural that if you’re thinking of adding fruits to your Quaker parrot’s diet, you throw some watermelon into the mix. Incredibly juicy and as colorful as your pet bird, watermelons are a low-calorie and healthy snack that can be enjoyed any day of the week.
Here’s what your Quaker parrot can enjoy from it:
- Watermelon Flesh – Of course, your Quaker parrot can eat the watermelon flesh, which is easily the tastiest part! The great thing about watermelons is that their flesh is perfect for parrot feasting, thanks in part to how soft and juicy it is. However, keep in mind that this might end up making a mess, so keep those napkins ready.
- Watermelon Seeds – Plenty of fruit seeds (like apples, cherries, peaches, pears, etc.) are poisonous for parrots and should be avoided. Luckily, watermelon seeds aren’t one of them. Full of fiber and several other nutrients, watermelon seeds are a parrot favorite. Alternatively, you can also soak the seeds overnight to make them softer for your pet’s beak.
- Watermelon Rind – If the watermelon you bought is grown organically, then the rind should be safe and full of citrulline and fiber, both of which are beneficial. However, if the watermelon has been grown using pesticides, we recommend throwing the rind away, as it will also be full of pesticides and therefore harmful for your pet bird.
- Watermelon Juice – This is a safe and tasty drink for your Quaker parrot. Blend some watermelon before feeding it to your bird. However, do this in moderation, as too much may lead to diarrhea. Once a week (as a treat) should do.
Additional reading: Can Quaker Parrots Eat Pineapples?
What are the Benefits of Feeding Watermelon to Your Quaker Parrot?
As we previously mentioned, watermelons are super nutritious, and your bird can benefit a lot from eating them. Here are some of the nutrients it packs:
- Fiber – When it comes to nutrients from fruits, fiber is easily one of the most common, which is just as good because it plays an important role in the digestive system of birds. This includes adding bulk to stool to avoid indigestion, aiding in metabolism, and feeding healthy bacteria in the gut. It also helps lower the risk of constipation.
- L-citrulline – Watermelons also contain plenty of L-citrulline, an amino acid that aids in strengthening the heart and all of its blood vessels. It also acts as an immune system boost.
- Vitamin A – Vitamin A is also found in watermelon, and it helps in the formation of keratin, or the substance that helps form beaks and feathers. On top of that, it also helps make sure that your Quaker parrot’s feathers are vibrant, colorful, and not prone to falling off.
- Choline – There’s also choline in watermelons, and it’s particularly important in keeping your pet’s brain sharp and focused. Other than that, it also helps in muscle development.
- Vitamin C – Of course, watermelons also contain the powerhouse that is vitamin C, which provides plenty of essential functions. This includes fighting disease, boosting the immune system, relieving inflammation, stopping harmful free radicals, helping iron absorption, and maintaining energy levels.
- Potassium – Watermelons also contain plenty of potassium, an electrolyte that helps regulate heart function, prevents strokes, and keeps your pet’s blood pressure in check.
- Magnesium – There’s also magnesium in watermelons, which aids in many of your pet’s natural chemical reactions.
- Lycopene – While it’s mostly water, watermelons also contain plenty of lycopene, which is very important to heart health, as it keeps the cardiovascular system in check and stops stroke-causing cholesterol from piling up in the blood vessels.
How to Feed Watermelons to Quaker Parrots?
Because this fruit is tasty and completely safe, you should have no trouble feeding this to your pet Quaker parrot.
The easiest way is to slice it up in little chunks before letting your pet feast on them. However, this can be messy, so take note of that.
You can also blend some of it for some watermelon juice, although this should be served in moderation. The best thing about watermelons is that they are low-calorie, so there’s a low risk of gaining unwanted weight.
However, washing the watermelon beforehand is recommended to ensure it’s clean and safe.
How Many Watermelons is Safe for Your Quaker Parrot?
As with any fruit, watermelon should never be the main focus of your Quaker parrot’s diet. Instead, it should serve as the occasional snack to break the monotony of pellets and birdseed.
Because watermelons are low-calorie, then there’s no risk of your parrot gaining weight. However, feeding too much of it could lead to your pet becoming picky or having no room for other nutritious food.
As a rule, keep watermelon feedings to at least twice a week and only in small, manageable chunks.
Can Quaker parrots eat watermelon seeds? Absolutely. While plenty of fruit seeds are harmful to parrots and birds in general, watermelon seeds are entirely safe. As an added tip, you can soak the seeds overnight to make them softer for your pet.
Can Quaker parrots eat watermelon rind? If the watermelon is organically grown, the rind should be safe and nutritious. However, if pesticides have been used, it’s best to avoid the rind as it likely also contains the same harmful pesticides.
Can Quaker parrots drink watermelon juice? Of course! Simply blend some watermelon and serve it to your pet. However, keep this in moderation, as it’s likely for your pet to develop a taste and end up becoming picky.
Additional reading: Are Quaker Parrots Good Pets?
The more varied your pet’s diet is, the more nutrients they will get, which is always a good thing. And when it comes to nutritious fruits, watermelons will always be a great pick, seeds and all.
So, the next time you find some watermelon in the fridge, make sure you share some with your Quaker parrot. We guarantee that your pet will have a great (and usually messy) time eating it!