Can Parrots Eat Jackfruit?

It’s important to add foods into your parrots diet that pack a bunch of vitamins but also be delicious at the same time. One food that fits this criteria for my bird is jackfruit. Native to South India and growing in popularity jackfruit is one of my parrots favorite fruits.

It has a subtly sweet but fruity flavor that’s compared to apples, pineapples and mangoes. So if your pet likes these fruits then I’m sure they will think the same of jackfruit.

The reason your on this page is to find out if jackfruit is safe for your parrots to eat although you probably already know the answer already from my enthusiasm.

Can parrots eat jackfruit? Yes parrot can eat jackfruit it’s a delicious snack for them to enjoy all while having almost every vitamin and nutrient you can think of. Jackfruit contains vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, manganese and is a also a great source of carbs and fiber. Therefore not only is jackfruit safe to eat but it’s also recommended that you feed it to your parrot.

Keep reading on as I’ll discuss in detail the benefits, are the seeds safe and some other important information you need to be aware of as a parrot parent.

Jackfruit Benefits For Parrots

We know jackfruit is good for our Parrots, but just how good is it? Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional content.

One cup of sliced fruit provides the following nutrients :



The majority of calories in jackfruit comes from carbs alone with a massive 40 grams in one cup. Carbohydrates are responsible for giving your parrot that much needed energy so they are able to play with you and just be active in general.

They also contribute to better brain, heart, kidney and central nervous system health.


Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that aids in the digestive process, keeps your parrot full for longer and lowers cholesterol. It’s also important for your parrot gut health.

It also plays a role in a variety of different functions that go on inside your birds body :

  • Weight control
  • Blood control sugar level control
  • Better bowel movement
  • Might help your parrot live longer

Strawberries, apples, raspberries, bananas, carrots, beets, brussels sprouts, kale and lentils are all good sources of fiber.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency is quite common in parrots and may be caused due to things like a diet that is mainly made up of seeds, not providing enough pelleted foods that contains enough nutrients and not giving your parrot enough fruits and vegetables.

The benefits of vitamin A include :

  • Better eyesight
  • Bones and mucus membranes support
  • Improved eye health
  • Supports a healthy immune system

Without enough vitamin A your parrot is susceptible to lack of growth, respiratory diseases along with skin & feather issues.

The symptoms of vitamin A deficiency to look out for are :

  • Bad breath
  • Nasal discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Swollen eyes
  • Tiredness

To prevent your pet from experiencing a vitamin A deficiency you can feed them foods with high levels of it like : red peppers, broccoli, spinach, cantaloupe and mango.


Potassium is also in jackfruit. It plays an important role in the function of your parrots heart, kidneys, muscles and the nervous system. A diet high in potassium may also reduce blood pressure and give your bird a stronger bone density.

If you need any other suggestions for foods high in potassium you can feed your parrot things like : apricots, lentils, bananas and baked potatoes. All these foods are safe for your parrot to consume and contain some of the highest potassium levels.

Vitamin C

Also found in jackfruit is vitamin C, great for boosting your parrots immune system, and beneficial to your birds cardiovascular health.

Parrots with a vitamin C deficiency shows itself with your pet displaying self mutilation behaviors like tearing their feathers out, preening, chewing the tips of his feathers.

To prevent this feed your parrot foods high in vitamin C like : peppers, kiwis, strawberries, broccoli and citrus fruits.


Manganese is a vital mineral for brain and nerve function. It also helps with fat and carbohydrate metabolism, helps your parrot absorb calcium and blood sugar regulation.

How You Should Feed Jackfruit To Your Parrot

Preparing jackfruit isn’t a clean job so expect to get a little bit messy to feed your parrot this exotic fruit. Divide the jackfruit in half by cutting around the skin and then break the two halves apart. Pull out the bulbs of flesh and take out the large seeds (your parrot shouldn’t eat the seeds).

If the thought of cutting up this large fruit sounds like too much work you can always buy it from stores where the hard work has already been done for you. Just be wary of additives and other processed things that will take away from the nutrients that organic provides.

What Other Foods Can Your Parrot Eat?

You know jackfruit is safe for your Parrot to eat but if you’re like me then your always looking for new foods to improve your Parrots diet to create some variety and and include vital things that aren’t already in your birds diet.

So what other foods can your Parrot eat?

  • Fruit & Vegetables

Foods like asparagusbroccolicarrotspeppersbananasblueberries and pineapples are all fine and encouraged for your Parrot to eat.

  • Nuts

Things like almonds, Brazil nutscashewshazelnutspistachios and walnuts can be fed to your parrot. Just be wary of the fat content in some of them so they may need to be treated as a snack for your Parrot. We don’t want them getting fat!

Jackfruit For Parrots – Final Thoughts

I hope by the end of this article you know that jackfruit is a wonderful snack for your parrot to have, although as it’s a fruit don’t feed your bird it too often as fruits and vegetables should only make up around 15-20% of your feathered friends diet.

I hope your parrot enjoys this new addition to his diet!

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