If you are a macaw owner, chances are that you have been wondering if your bird is an omnivore. Well, the answer is yes! Macaws are omnivores and they love to eat all types of foods.
In this post, we will discuss what macaws eat in the wild and list 11 foods that they absolutely love and that you can feed to your new pet to get it to like you and bond with you. We also talk about how much food macaw should get per day, so make sure to read until the end!
Macaws are omnivores which means they are not strictly herbivores or carnivores. Macaws are opportunistic eaters and will consume both animal and plant matter. They have even been observed eating small animals such as lizards, eggs, frogs, spiders, and insects.
In the wild, macaws need to be able to survive so have adapted to eat whatever is in their surroundings.
This means that you are likely to see your macaw eating fruits, nuts, seeds, and leaves from the trees they are in. They also enjoy a variety of flowers and nectar as well. Interestingly enough these are all-natural foods for them but if it is not readily available then they will consume insects or any other animal protein source they are able to find.
In captivity, this is not as much of an issue, but it can lead to some behavioral problems such as plucking or screaming as they are craving the plant matter their body needs for sustenance.
The best thing you can do is offer your macaw a good variety of foods and supplement them with fresh vegetables and fruit.
11 Foods That Macaws Love And Eat
Macaws are exotic birds and thus love and appreciate exotic fruits and foods! If you really want your bird to love you, get some of its favorite treats. We have listed 11 of them below!
- Brazil Nuts
- Sugar Cane
Mangoes are a favorite food of macaws and are high in vitamins A, C and B-complex.
Brazil nuts are also very popular with these birds as they are loaded full of protein which is extremely important for their skeletal system. Macaws need calcium to keep their body healthy so be sure not to forget this nut!
Figs are a great alternative to other fruits due to its low sugar content. Plus figs are high in fiber, vitamin K and potassium which will keep your macaw healthy for years to come!
Macaws also love guava so be sure you are including this tasty fruit on their menu. Guavas are good sources of vitamin C, are low in calories, and are high in fiber.
Elderberries are delicious as well but make sure to include them sparingly because they are also very rich in sugars. Macaws need about 25% of their diet to be made up of protein so if you are feeding your bird this type of fruit then use it more as a treat than a staple.
Papaya is another fruit that is high in fiber and contains about as many calories as an apple which is perfect for the macaw’s weight maintenance needs. Macaws love to eat kiwi so be sure you have a few of these on hand at all times! Kiwis are also rich in vitamin C and are a great source of vitamins A, E, and potassium.
Bananas are a classic macaw treat because they are high in potassium which helps regulate the bird’s blood pressure. While sugar cane is not recommended as it can lead to tooth problems or be difficult for them to digest, walnuts are an excellent protein-rich alternative.
Pomegranates are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium as well so you are doing your macaw a favor by including this fruit on their menu!
What Omnivore Treats Can Macaws Eat?
Though they all eat a variety of items, some types of parrots have particular interests. Blue-throated Macaws are mostly fruit lovers while Hyacinths enjoy eating grains more than most other birds. So what your bird prefers most will depend on the species and your bird’s temperament.
You can offer some of these foods and see how your bird feels. If it does not take to any, stick to seeds, fruit, vegetables, and nuts, or try a gourmet parrot mix.
- Mealworms – mealworms are a favorite for many parrots so you can add them to the mix. You will need to wash and cook them before offering, however!
- Eggs – boiled eggs are a popular treat among most birds and are full of protein.
- Cooked rice – cooked rice is an excellent source for your bird’s calcium needs!