Can African Greys Eat Pistachios?

African grey parrots are a granivore breed, which means that they thrive mostly on eating seeds and nut. However, some seeds and nuts won’t be safe for an African grey to consume.

But What About Pistachios? Can African Greys Eat Pistachios?

Yes, African greys can eat pistachio as it’s safe for them, in fact adding pistachios in African greys meals can provide wonderful benefits to them, and can make up a considerable amount of their nutritional needs. Yet pistachios shouldn’t be the main ingredient.

Serving too many pistachios to African grey can prevent them from absorbing the other nutrients from other sources of food, so serving one or two pistachios as a treat from time to time is the best to prevent any adverse side effects.


Pistachios Benefits For African Greys

Pistachios hold many nutrients and benefits your African grey can get when eating them, and according to USDA, every 1 oz (28.35 grams) of dry roasted pistachio kernel without salt contains:

  • Protein 5.95 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 13 g
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 8.02 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 2.92 g
  • Sugars, total including NLEA 2.19 g
  • Calcium, Ca 30.3 mg
  • Iron, Fe 1.14 mg
  • Magnesium, Mg 30.9 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 133 mg
  • Potassium, K 286 mg
  • Sodium, Na 1.7 mg
  • Zinc, Zn 0.663 mg
  • Copper, Cu 0.366 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 0.352 mg

Nutrient doesn’t end with that. There are a lot of many different nutrients for your parrot but they come in small quantities, check the full list at the USDA website.

Besides that, pistachio is high in antioxidants that will protect the body cell from getting damaged over time, not to mention the aid for regenerating healthy new body cells. Pistachios promote healthy digestive system functioning and will help the blood vessels in your parrot’s body to stay healthy. Apart from that, pistachio is a delicious snack and your parrot will enjoy it.

Can African Grey Eat Shelled Pistachios?

Yes, African greys have a powerful beak, and they can crack out the pistachio shell. Shelled pistachio can make the bird waste and drop the kernel after cracking it because it could be troublesome for the greys to do both unless you are serving the shelled pistachios in a bowl.

How Many Pistachio Is Good For African Greys?

If African greys ate a lot of pistachios, they will suffer from a potential lack of nutrients, and this won’t happen because of the lack of food, instead, it will happen because of the insufficiency in absorbing the nutrients within the digestive system of the grey that is a result of eating a lot of pistachios.

So, the best way to serve pistachios to African grey is as a treat every once in a while.

Can Parrots Eat Salted Pistachios?

No, too much salt can cause African grey to suffer from high blood pressure, dehydration, kidney failure, and death. So it’s always better to avoid any salted food when serving it to African grey parrots.

Can Parrots Eat Raw Pistachios?

Yes, raw pistachio is the best from African greys can eat, and it’s the healthiest. However, is much harder to find raw unroasted pistachios, so it’s ok to serve roasted pistachios, yet it should be unsalted.


In conclusion, pistachios can make a great addition for African greys to consume, but African greys shouldn’t have pistachios whenever all the time, instead of using pistachios as a treat from time to time is the best to prevent any nutritional insufficiency that may lead the bird to suffer physically and even mentally.

And yes, that’s about it, I hope You found this article informative and easy to digest. Thank you for reading…