Can Parrots Eat Persimmons?

Parrots thoroughly enjoy having regular treats of fruit and persimmons are one of the fruits they like and one that is safe for them to eat – as long as the fruit is ripe.

So yes, parrots can eat persimmons!

Persimmons come in a range of different sizes and colors – orange, red and light yellow.

The Sharon fruit is another variety of persimmon that is smaller and with just a few seeds.

When the fruit is ripe, it is smooth and pulpy in texture and with a distinctive sweet taste – not unlike a mango- which parrots love.

Your parrot should be fed just a few small pieces of persimmons as (like all fruits) they have a high sugar content.

They are full of vitamins A, B and C as well as plenty of fibre and these are all beneficial to your parrot.

It is best to vary his diet with a rich variety of vegetables and fruit to ensure he has the best possible diet with the most nutrients as this will keep him in good health.

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Are Persimmons Safe For Parrots To Eat?

Ripe, soft and sweet-tasting persimmons are fine for parrots but unripe persimmons are not.

You can easily find out if the fruit is unripe by tasting it – the flesh tastes sharp at this stage.

Unripe persimmons are rich in tannins which put the health of your parrot at risk because the tannins are toxic.

As the fruit ripens and becomes soft, the level of tannins dramatically decreases – and the taste also changes and the fruit becomes sweet.

Ripe fruit are also brightly colored.

If you have a choice of varieties, the Fuyu persimmon loses its tannins faster than the Hachiya variety.

What Are The Danger Signs To Watch For?

Feeding your parrot an unripe persimmon will be toxic for him.

If you have done so in error, these are the signs to watch out for-

      • Closed eyes
      • Less agile than usual
      • Diarrhea
      • Weight loss
      • Breathlessness and opening his beak for air
      • Decreased or increased appetite
      • Drinking much more water than usual

Benefits Of Feeding Persimmons To Parrots?

Small treats of fruit are enjoyed by parrots and of course the added vitamins and other nutrients are important to your parrot as they help keep him really healthy.

The main point to remember is that fruit is high in sugar and can make your parrot put on weight or lead to gastrointestinal troubles as the sugar unbalances the gut.

Most parrots enjoy persimmons but some take a little while to get used to the taste as persimmon is a stronger tasting fruit just like pineapple, cantaloupe, pomegranates, and plums.

If your parrot seems to prefer milder flavors then the fruit to give him are apples, bananas, oranges, cherries, lemons, and grapes.

How Do You Feed Persimmon To Your Parrot?

If you have not given your parrot persimmon before, it may take a couple of attempts for him to decide that he likes it.

Always double check that the fruit is ripe and in top condition without any cracks or blemishes.

The persimmon must be fed to your parrot while it is in top condition and the rest of the fruit can be carefully stored in the fridge

There is no need to peel or cook the persimmon, simply chop the fruit into small pieces and discard any pips you find.

Try feeding your parrot with pieces of the fruit several times, but if this doesn’t work, you can try steaming the fruit or pureeing it for him.

How Often Should My Parrot Eat Persimmon?

Your parrot’s basic diet should be grains and nuts with plenty of vegetables to give him all the vitamins and minerals he needs.

Fruit should be considered a treat for your parrot as it contains sugar and too much sugar can impair the workings of his gut.

It is best to give your parrot just a few pieces of persimmon, a couple of times per week and alternate it with the many other fruits he will enjoy.

The important points to remember is to always clean all fruit really well as pesticides can stick firmly to fruit skin and also to carefully remove any pips or stones in the fruit such as apple pips, cherry stones and apricot and plum stones too as these can also be toxic to birds.

Can Baby Parrots Eat Persimmons?

When your baby parrot has been weaned, he can be fed an array of tiny portions of soft fresh fruit and vegetables until he is old enough to eat seed and pellets.

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