The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Pet Bird Food

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Pet Bird Food

At Windy City Parrot, we know how important it is to choose the right food for your pet bird.

With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to find the best one that meets your pet bird’s needs.

That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you make an informed decision when choosing the best food for your furry friend.

Understanding Your Pet Bird’s Nutritional Needs

Before choosing pet food, it’s important to understand the general principles of avian nutritional needs.  

For starters, there is only one species of dog (Google it). 

I think there are around 11,000 species of birds. 

What this means is that ANY dog can eat dog kibble (think “pellets”). 

A chihuahua can eat the same food as a German Shepard but a budgie can not eat the same food as an African grey as most of the ingredients are too large for these little parakeets to consume

Conversely, nutritional requirements can be unique for each species of bird. 

Flamingos eat shrimp which makes them pink BTW.

Falcons eat mice.

In the wild exotic birds seek protein from insects.

Lorikeets live on fruit.

This is why we’ve broken down our bird food selections by the most popular birds species found here

Types of Pet Bird Food categorizes bird food into 4 parent categories

Most PopularFood by BirdFood by Brand – Food by Bird Type

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Clicking through on any of the 4 parent categories breaks down into an intuitive alphabetical list trying to answer the question “if I was seeking bird food online this is how I would want it presented on my phone, tablet, or PC?”

Now we thought this out with our human brains, why not use AI?

If I told you I’d have to pop the cyanide cap in my molar ~ stay tuned.

Ingredients to Look For (and Avoid)

When choosing pet food, it’s important to read the ingredients label carefully. 

Many people assume “pellets are pellets,” which is an inaccurate statement.

For example, the larger the Hagen Tropican pellet, the higher the protein content given the assumption that bigger birds require more protein.

BTW, “assumption” is the wrong word.

Hagen operates a facility in Ontario named the Hagen Avicultural Research Institute where they house 250 pairs of wild caught and domestic parrots.

The birds are overseen by a team of avian veterinarians and fecal testing is done daily proving feedback on the efficacy of Hagen bird food.

All Higgins Versele Laga bird seed has appropriately sized InTune pellets blended in to ensure your FIDS are getting proper nutrition.

Choosing the Right Brand

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices based on your pet’s nutritional needs and the type of food you want to buy, it’s important to choose a brand that you trust.


Windy City Parrot sells bird food brands that have a good reputation, use high-quality ingredients (low levels of corn), and have undergone rigorous testing to ensure the safety and quality of their products like Hagen employs HARI.


Choosing the right food for your pet bird is essential to their health and well-being. 

By understanding the unique species-based avian needs, weighing the types of pet food available, looking for the right ingredients (and avoiding the wrong ones), and choosing the right brand, you can make an informed decision that ensures your pet gets the nutrition they need. For more information and guidance on choosing the best pet food for your furry friend, 

We hope this guide has been helpful in your search for the perfect pet food. 

At Windy City Parrot, we’re committed to providing high-quality products and expert advice to help you make the best choices for your furry friend.

Written by Mitch Rezman. 
Approve by Catherine Tobsing

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