Why Does My Parrot Throw His Food?

Has your parrot been playing with its food? 

Meethi, my cute ring-necked parrot, started to like throwing her food around and play with it.

She first started doing it a few weeks after I rescued her and thought it was a one-time thing. 

But she still does that to the day! 

I was very confused as to why she was doing this. 

Any parrot parent would be confused!

So, I did what most people would do.

I Googled, “Why does my parrot throw his food?” and started researching the topic. 

Throwing food isn’t something you need to be worried about.

Good news is there’s nothing to worry about


This behavior is natural, and a lot of wild birds do that.

I’ve observed Meethi’s parents–who are wild birds–do that as well. 

Let’s learn more about birds throwing their food! 

Lots to cover in this article

  • Why does your bird throw their food bowl?
  • How do you stop birds from throwing food?
  • Why do parrots waste food?
  • Why do parrots throw things?

This is all that will be discussed

Sound good?

Let’s get started!

Why Does My Bird Throw His Food Bowl?

Do you spend a lot of time cleaning the food your parrot has thrown? 

Many parrot parents spend a considerable amount of thought and money buying fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds for their feathered friends.

Naturally, your parrot may seem like a spoilt and ungrateful creature when it throws its food bowl. 

Well, parrots throw their food bowls because that’s what parrots do!

A study concluded just that.

Other studies show that parrots intentionally waste their food. 

Dr. Sebastián-González studied feral, wild, and naturalized parrots in her research and found that every one of them wasted their food. 

So, I guess we’ll have to learn to live with it.  

How Do You Stop Birds From Throwing Food?

That’s like asking how do you stop dogs from barking or cats from meowing! 

You cannot keep your parrot from throwing its food because you cannot control its natural instincts.

You could try to train your bird not to do that, but it won’t be fruitful. 

It is best to use protective barriers for the cage or seed-catching skirts to minimize the food waste so that you can re-use the food your parrot has thrown away.

You can also try the following: 

  • Removing the feeder from the cage before bedtime. 
  • Getting your parrot some foraging toys. 
  • Ensuring your parrot gets enough socialization. 
  • Playing with your parrot. 
  • Changing the food.

Some parrot parents have had success in reducing the waste generated with these.

However, they still weren’t able to get their parrot to stop fully.

It’s just one of those things where you just go to accept it

I guess it just makes us love them more with all these weird behaviors!

You must be wondering why does your parrot throw their food

I mean they’re just wasting it

What’s the reason behind it

Let’s find out

Why Do Parrots Waste Food?

Parrots waste food because that’s what they like to do. 

We don’t know the exact reason why parrots like to throw their food around, but we do know that all parrot breeds waste their food.

People assume parrots waste food because of the following reasons: 

  • It’s fun to do, and they enjoy it. 
  • They’re bored and have nothing to do. 
  • They may be stressed.
  • They didn’t like the taste. 
  • There may have been pests and insects in the food. 

Why do you think your parrot wastes food?

Share your guess with us in the comments section!

I’d love to know!

Why Do Parrots Throw Things?

Parrots like to throw things.

If you don’t believe me, you can watch this video for evidence: 

But why do parrots do that!? 

Here are a few reasons why parrots throw things: 

  • Entertainment: Throwing things can be fun-especially when they make interesting sounds! 
  • To Get a Reaction From You: Do you pay attention to your parrot when they throw something? This could be your parrot’s way of rebelling a little and getting your attention. 
  • They’re bored: Boredom can cause a bird to do a lot of things, like throw things just for the heck of it. 

And, that’s about it.

Wrapping It Up 

Were we able to help you out? 

Birds have a natural instinct to throw their food around.

This behavior is great for the trees as it helps spread the seeds around, planting more trees. 

If a bird saves every bit of food that it is offered, it means that there have been times where it has gotten without food for long periods.

So, the bird may be saving every bit of the food it can in case things go south. 

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