Hot Peppers and Eclectus Parrots

by Michele
(Salem, OR)

Are any peppers too hot for Eclectus Parrots? I know they like hot chile peppers but we have Ghost Peppers and Moruga Scorpion peppers (hottest pepper in the world)that we grew, that we will have an excess of. I'm wondering if they would be too hot for our parrot.

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Aug 20, 2013
Eclectus/Hot Peppers
by: Michele

Thanks for the input! The only peppers my bird has had were the ones already in some of his bird food (specifically for eclectus parrots). I can find all kinds of dry food/pellets he will eat but he is very picky when it comes to vegetables and fruit. I am trying to get him to eat more veggies/fruits with Vitamin A in them because I know eclectus parrots need more of that in their diets. I don't think I'm going to risk it with these really hot peppers we have, but I'm still curious what the vet will say.

Aug 20, 2013
Hot peppers okay for parrots
by: The Avian Vet

No. Parrots do not experience the burning sensation caused by peppers because they do not have saliva.

Dr B

Aug 19, 2013
Hot Peppers and Eclectus Parrots
by: Linda

I'd stick with the regular hot peppers because the hottest pepper in the world is likely to cause stomach upset.

Thanks for writing, and our Avian Vet may not be able to get back with you quickly, so you may wish to call your own avian vet about this. If it were me, I'd feed him only the regular hot peppers and not take any chances because the hotter ones may actually burn tissue in his mouth, crop and stomach. I know from experience they do in humans which is why I won't eat them!


Aug 19, 2013
Hot peppers
by: Angela

I wouldn't recommend giving any type of peppers to your birds, especially hot ones. Their digestive systems cannot handle them. I gave my bird some green pepper and it made her very ill. There are so many types of fruits and vegetables that you can give your bird other than hot peppers, so please don't do it. Also do not feed the birds onions, garlic, or avocado as these can kill them as can chocolate.

Editor's note: Thanks for the warning, but please wait for Dr B to answer, because bird receptor cells are largely insensitive to capsaicin. Some bird foods have hot peppers in them.

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