do parrots eat other birds

Parrots do not socialize with non-parrot species. If youre keeping a mixed flock that includes something other than parrots, you will need a big enclosure. Even then, you will have to make sure there isnt a big size problem – a large parrot can easily kill a smaller bird (including smaller parrot), so never mix your bird species without asking for expert advice first.

The main problem with parrots is their hooked beaks. These can hurt or kill other birds, and even a minor squabble can result in Canaries and Finches with snapped legs, nasty cuts, or worse.

As a rule of thumb, dont mix anything larger than a cockatiel with other types of bird. Lovebirds and Lories may look small and cute, but they can cause havoc in a flock of finches. Its worth saying again: parrots and finches will not mix successfully unless you get the size-matching right, and unless you have a big enclosure for them.

Keeping Parrots with Quail

The species of pet Quail available in the pet trade (usually Button quail, also known as King or Chinese quail, Coturnix chinensii), and Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) can be kept in the same aviary as Conures, Cockatiels, and Budgerigars. The fat little Quail will ignore the parrots and the parrots won’t notice the plump little Quail zipping around on the cage bottom like wind-up toys. But when bigger parrot species try to investigate the quail, the quail will become frightened. For this reason, it’s advisable to avoid keeping large parrots and quail together. There are a few calm species of Amazon parrot that defy this generalization.

do parrots eat other birds

To meet their needs for a range of flavors and nutrients, parrots should be given a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Feeding raw, organic foods is always preferable, and this also applies to dried fruits and vegetables, provided that they are dehydrated when fresh. Make sure the nuts you choose are suitable for your parrot and that they match his or her preferences. When available, select nuts in their shells to give your bird increased exercise and foraging opportunities. This helps to maintain the health of their beaks and develops their fine motor skills. When possible, always choose raw foods and nuts rather than salted or roasted ones.

If you see that your smaller parrots—like Amazons or Eclectus—aren’t being touched, it might be better to offer them unshelled nuts like hazelnuts or walnuts because some of their shells are very tough.

Although parrots have varying preferences when it comes to nuts, they almost always seem to love peanuts. When giving your pet parrot nuts, it’s generally best to offer them in a variety of forms and with unsalted, unroasted nuts in their shells.

3. Make sure your pet bird has extra water because dried fruits lack the water content of fresh fruits.

Nuts can be satisfying and nutritious, just like for humans, so keep that in mind when adding them to your parrot’s diet. Remember that nuts are treats, not necessary food, so don’t add too many.

Keeping Parrots with Finches and Canaries

Finches can coexist in a very large aviary with conures, cockatiels, and budgies, but not with any larger species. However, canaries are not very good mixers (the same goes for other shy finch species), and they will generally not be content in a mixed aviary with parrots of any size.

do parrots eat other birds

FAQ

What bird would eat another bird?

Birds. Birds that are specialized predators of other birds include certain falcons and accipiters.

Can you keep parrots with other birds?

It is however believed that parrots thrive better with avian companions since they are – with very few exceptions – flock animals. Obviously putting the same species together is more natural for them and easier for you. But that isn’t always practical.

What bird eats parrots?

The fact that most parrots are highly arboreal and spend most of their time in or flying above the tallest trees, suggests that they rarely fall victim to mammals. Raptorial birds especially the forest eagles, hawk-eagles, Accipiter hawks, and falcons are the most likely species to prey on adult parrots and macaws.

Do birds eat other birds alive?

While most birds in your yard probably consume insects and/or seeds, some backyard birds do eat other birds. Some target adult birds. Some eat other birds’ nestlings. And some eat the eggs of other birds.