The Gabonese Gray is a frugivorous and granivorous bird, that is to say, that its diet does not contain any animal protein and its diet will be mainly composed of seeds and cereals. Be careful, the food mixture should not be given in an anarchic way, because the aviary parrot does not practice the same physical effort like that in the wild.
Lipid intake must therefore be controlled, so, even if I am particularly fond of it, fatty nuts such as peanuts (peanuts), hazelnuts … or sunflower seeds should be given very sparingly. Preferably choose mixtures of seeds poor in sunflowers, and whose contribution will avoid deficiencies in the bird.
In general, the healthy adult parrot eats 40g of daily ration divided into 2 meals. This ration will be composed of a mixture of fresh fruits and vegetables, dry seeds, sprouted seeds (richer in protein), and cereals. It is recommended to opt for an extruded form of granules, all the nutritional contributions will be concentrated in a mixture of croquettes which will prevent the bird from sorting and therefore being deficient in vitamins and minerals. To this, we can also add food supplements to the drink. Water must be served constantly, renewed daily, (an adult parrot drinks 20 ml per day on average).
Some examples of foods that can be given:
- Plantain, you will find it in the meadows (beware of pesticides and others)
- Chickweed or chickweed
Some vegetables are very important:
- Lamb’s lettuce
- The carrot
- The tomato
Fruits in small quantities (a quarter):
- The kiwi
- Blackberries, raspberries
- The pear
- The watermelon
- Fresh fig is an excellent food
- Cherries without pits
The cereals :
- Paddy rice
What not to give:
- The alcohol
- Apple seeds, kernels of all kinds (because they contain cyanide)
- Products containing lactose
- Garlic and onions, cooked or raw