Our most popular bird food brands

  • 7 Higgins Brands

    7 Higgins Brands

    101 Products
    InTune - Mayan Harvest - Safflower Gold - Sunburst Gourmet  - Supreme - Vita Seed - Worldly Cuisines
  • HARI

    HARI

    23 Products
    Produced at Rolf C. Hagen Inc.’s state of the art food plant with a multi-step quality control plan makes Living World, Tropican & Tropimix top quality bird food brands.
  • Volkman

    Volkman

    29 Products
    There is no shortcut, quality feed comes from quality ingredients. Whether it’s buying raw materials or importing specialty products from Belgium, Seed Factory’s handpicked, vetted network of sources is second to none. Read more

All our bird food by brand

  • Crazy Good Cookin'

    Crazy Good Cookin'

    5 Products
    A cookable snack for birds full of exotic flavors and textures. 

    A cookable snack for birds full of exotic flavors and textures. 

  • Goldenfeast

    Goldenfeast

    33 Products
    More than 50 plant-based all-natural ingredients and never a preservative. Herbs and spices like whole cinnamon and hibiscus.

    More than 50 plant-based all-natural ingredients and never a preservative. Herbs and spices like whole cinnamon and hibiscus.

  • Harrisons

    Harrisons

    20 Products
    Health foods for birds. By introducing the first avian formulation made from certified organic ingredients. 

    Health foods for birds. By introducing the first avian formulation made from certified organic ingredients. 

  • Higgins InTune

    Higgins InTune

    10 Products
    The innovative new, complete companion bird nutrition pellet that every concerned pet owner has been looking for. 

    The innovative new, complete companion bird nutrition pellet that every concerned pet owner has been looking for. 

  • Higgins Mayan Harvest

    Higgins Mayan Harvest

    6 Products
    Mayan Harvest is Higgins' newest and most innovative seed brand yet. Mayan Harvest brings together exotic, natural ingredients. 

    Mayan Harvest is Higgins’ newest and most innovative seed brand yet. Mayan Harvest brings together exotic, natural ingredients. 

  • Higgins Safflower Gold

    Higgins Safflower Gold

    4 Products
    Safflower Gold Natural has no sunflower seeds and uses premium gourmet ingredients that are free of artificial colors and preservatives.

    Safflower Gold Natural has no sunflower seeds and uses premium gourmet ingredients that are free of artificial colors and preservatives.

  • Higgins Sunburst

    Higgins Sunburst

    41 Products
    Sunburst® Gourmet Blends are our premium, fortified, natural bird foods formulated as food and treat all in one. 

    Sunburst® Gourmet Blends are our premium, fortified, natural bird foods formulated as food and treat all in one. 

  • Higgins Supreme

    Higgins Supreme

    5 Products
    Supreme is a non-fortified seed blend, free of artificial colors and preservatives. 

    Supreme is a non-fortified seed blend, free of artificial colors and preservatives. 

  • Higgins Vita

    Higgins Vita

    24 Products
    Vita Seed is a fortified, natural seed blend free of preservatives, artificial colors, and flavors.

    Vita Seed is a fortified, natural seed blend free of preservatives, artificial colors, and flavors.

  • Higgins Worldly

    Higgins Worldly

    12 Products
    Higgins Worldly Cuisines are the all-natural bird food appetizers that you cook up for your pet bird

    Higgins Worldly Cuisines are the all-natural bird food appetizers that you cook up for your pet bird

  • Lafebers

    Lafebers

    27 Products
    Lafeber Company was built by a father-son team of veterinarians with a shared love of animals and a special passion for birds.

    Lafeber Company was built by a father-son team of veterinarians with a shared love of animals and a special passion for birds.

  • LAvian

    LAvian

    11 Products
    L’Avian Plus contains a full range of vitamins and minerals, plus chelated trace minerals, and more.

    L’Avian Plus contains a full range of vitamins and minerals, plus chelated trace minerals, and more.

  • Living World

    Living World

    7 Products
    Gourmet formula with a blend of delicious grains, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables supplemented with Tropican egg granules.

    Gourmet formula with a blend of delicious grains, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables supplemented with Tropican egg granules.

  • Nekton

    Nekton

    32 Products
    Nekton bird supplements are developed based on the latest results of scientific research and an up to date knowledge of birds. 

    Nekton bird supplements are developed based on the latest results of scientific research and an up to date knowledge of birds. 

  • Pretty Bird

    Pretty Bird

    8 Products
    Protein and 10 essential amino acids build strong bodies and healthy feathers.

    Protein and 10 essential amino acids build strong bodies and healthy feathers.

  • Roudybush

    Roudybush

    22 Products
    Roudybush Maintenance Diet, the most commonly fed Roudybush Diet, is designed to be fed to most healthy adult birds. It is a single formulation that comes in 5 different pellet sizes.

    Roudybush Maintenance Diet, the most commonly fed Roudybush Diet, is designed to be fed to most healthy adult birds. It is a single formulation that comes in 5 different pellet sizes.

  • Scenic

    Scenic

    2 Products
    Scenic Bird Food is a complete formulated diet for exotic hookbill and softbill birds such as macaws, cockatoos, parrots, lories, budgies, mynahs, toucans, and finches.

    Scenic Bird Food is a complete formulated diet for exotic hookbill and softbill birds such as macaws, cockatoos, parrots, lories, budgies, mynahs, toucans, and finches.

  • TOPS

    TOPS

    29 Products
    TOP's bird food products are now officially USDA Organic and you will see the USDA logo on our packaging. About Totally Organics Bird & Parrot Food - the Company

    TOP’s bird food products are now officially USDA Organic and you will see the USDA logo on our packaging.

    About Totally Organics Bird & Parrot Food – the Company

  • Tropican

    Tropican

    12 Products
    Contains a blend of multi-grains with peanuts, natural omega fatty acids from flaxseed, balanced calcium and vitamin D for proper egg formation and bone health.

    Contains a blend of multi-grains with peanuts, natural omega fatty acids from flaxseed, balanced calcium and vitamin D for proper egg formation and bone health.

  • Tropimix

    Tropimix

    8 Products
    HARI (Hagen) Tropican food granule-based formula with a natural blend of favorite grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. NO WASTEFUL SHELLS/HUSKS.

    HARI (Hagen) Tropican food granule-based formula with a natural blend of favorite grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. NO WASTEFUL SHELLS/HUSKS.

  • Volkman

    Volkman

    29 Products
    There is no shortcut, quality feed comes from quality ingredients. Whether it’s buying raw materials or importing specialty products from Belgium, Seed Factory’s handpicked, vetted network of sources is second to none. Read more

    There is no shortcut, quality feed comes from quality ingredients. Whether it’s buying raw materials or importing specialty products from Belgium, Seed Factory’s handpicked, vetted network of sources is second to none. Read more

  • Zupreem

    Zupreem

    12 Products
    ZuPreem® Natural Bird Food pellets offer complete nutrition for various species of adult hookbills and softbills. Ideal for those wanting to feed a more natural diet.

    ZuPreem® Natural Bird Food pellets offer complete nutrition for various species of adult hookbills and softbills. Ideal for those wanting to feed a more natural diet.

Bird food by bird species

If your bird species is not listed please contact us so we can add the category

  • African Grey

    African Grey

    136 Products
    We consider African Grey Parrot's medium-large species from Central & West Africa. In the wild they live on palm nuts, seeds, fruits, leafy matter, and have even been observed eating snails. Read more:
  • Amazon

    Amazon

    134 Products
    Why is avocado bad for parrots? A toxin called persin (a cardiac glycoside fungicidal toxin) seeps from an oil in the avocados pit. Persin then finds its way into the fruit. A bird with avocado toxicity can exhibit anorexia, respiration issues, lethargy and may even die. Not all avocados are toxic but it's best to not risk it. The Guatemalan avocado variety, which is the most common sold in grocery stores, is especially toxic. Avocados are toxic to other animals like rabbits, horses, fish, mice and possibly dogs.
  • Budgie

    Budgie

    61 Products
    Food for budgies and other small birds like parrotlets
  • Cockatiel

    Cockatiel

    92 Products
    Food appropriate for cockatiel and similar size pet birds
  • Dove/Pigeon

    Dove/Pigeon

    17 Products
    Bird food appropriate for pet doves and pigeons.
  • Eclectus

    Eclectus

    38 Products
    Food for Eclectus parrots with no fortification. Contrary to popular belief Eclectus parrot may not need a special diet with no vitamin supplementation.
  • Hookbill

    Hookbill

    165 Products
    Hookbill is a general category for any larger parrot with a strong beak
  • Large Macaw

    Large Macaw

    51 Products
    Not to be confused with  "Mini Macaws" This is our list, yours may vary: Hahn's, Illigers, Lears, Military, Nobel, Red Fronted, Spix's, Yellow-collared, Severe, Miliffons (Buffon's & Green Wing), Miligold (Blue Gold & Military), Shamrock (Scarlet & Military) which is a whole other category Found Here Read more
  • Lory Softbill

    Lory Softbill

    35 Products
    Lorikeets slurp nectar in the wild and softbill birds like Toucans need "soft" food as they are unable to crack nuts and remove seed hulls.
  • Lovebird

    Lovebird

    74 Products
    A common myth about lovebirds is that they must be kept in pairs. This isn't true, but if you do keep lovebirds in pairs, it's best to keep two males together. Female lovebirds are highly territorial. Read more lovebirds
  • Mini Macaw

    Mini Macaw

    118 Products
    Not a day goes by that we don't get a call at the Birdie boutique beginning with "hi I have a Macaw" which for us always begs the question "what kind of Macaw"? Granted the majority of Macaw calls that we get are for the larger variety of Macaw's, but the Mini Macaws are great birds and their popularity is growing. Read more:
  • Poicephalus

    Poicephalus

    136 Products
    Parrots, Jardine's Parrots, Rueppell's Parrots, Red-bellied Parrots, Yellow-faced Parrots, Brown-headed Parrots, This category includes Senegal Parrots, Meyer's Niam Niam Parrots and Cape Parrots Read more
  • Quaker

    Quaker

    106 Products
    Quaker parrots or Monk parakeets are small green parrots. Feral Quakers live in several North American cities and are able to survive very cold winters by building large colonial nests. Quakers are the only parrots that build nests.

Bird food by type

  • Cook Serve

    Cook Serve

    22 Products
    Cooked bird food reminds your bird of nummy hand feeding days. healthy and nutritions especially in cooler weather
  • Egg Food

    Egg Food

    4 Products
    A Nutritionally Balanced Regurgative Food for Parents of Baby Birds
  • Hand Feed

    Hand Feed

    5 Products
    Much like human babies, chicks need to be fed by hand - usually every 2 hours around the clock
  • Microwave

    Microwave

    6 Products
    Microwave a warm and healthy treat for your bird with Higgins Worldly Cuisines.
  • Millet

    Millet

    5 Products
    We call millet the bet bird version of McDonalds french fries.  That it's why it's an excellent treat.  Great for training or sprinkle over fresh veggies to get a birds interest.
  • No Peanut

    No Peanut

    28 Products
    Sometimes you may not want to offer food to your bird with peanuts.
  • No Sunflower

    No Sunflower

    21 Products
    These are bird food seed blends with no sunflower seeds.
  • Organic

    Organic

    65 Products
    Organic and all natural healthy food for birds and parrots.
  • Pellet

    Pellet

    113 Products
    Bird food pellets are engineered for a total nutritionally balanced diet.
  • Sprout

    Sprout

    6 Products
    Sprouts offer fresh nutrition like in the wild
  • Treats

    Treats

    49 Products
    Keeps your birds diet interesting with treats like nutriberries form Lafebers
  • Vitamins

    Vitamins

    41 Products
    Sometimes what we feed our birds just isn't enough, especially birds on an all seed diet. Vitamins and supplements ensure you bird receives all their necessary nutrition.
 
 

Feathered Factoid: People have 9,000 taste buds, while parrots have 350.
 

Bird food & parrot food requires a science lesson: Because birds are small and have a high need for

Soft billed birds like Finches and Canaries swallow their seeds whole. Parrots are able to remove the hulls from the seeds with their beaks. Now that we know about the gizzard, we should note that the soft-billed birds could use a little help grinding down these whole seeds. This is why we introduce small amounts of grit they can swallow which will help grind up the seeds while in the gizzard.  
energy they can digest food rapidly. This is one reason young birds mature quickly and migrating birds are able to store fat which enableDigested food now moves to the first part of the small intestine which is divided into two parts and where most of the digestion and absorption of the food now occurs in the parrot's gut. A bird's pancreas is actually better developed than a mammal's pancreas. This is probably to compensate for a lack of some saliva and chewing. It produces proteins, digesting enzymes,

Parrots use the crop to store food eaten in a hurry so they don't get caught by predators. From the crop, food goes into the stomach where it finally begins to get digested. The stomach has two sections one of which produces the necessary digestive juices and enzymes which soak the food which is then passed to the gizzard. The gizzard has a lot of muscles that grind up the food - what we do with our teeth.

Birds may break up their food or crush it with their bill, they don't chew it. Parrots, birds of prey, and finches have short, thick, fleshy tongues which allow them to manipulate their food. Where humans swallow with our soft palates, birds have to tilt their heads back to get the food from inside their mouth (buccal cavity) to the first part of their throat (Oesophagus). The esophagus continues to draw the bird's food down into its body - where it stands at the Crop.

the long flights. There are species of birds that are known to increase the weight of 40% in 10 days.
carbohydrates

and fat which are delivered into the small intestine.

The food then moves into the large intestine which is really small compared to mammals and doesn't really have a lot to do with digestion and birds. The food journey ends at the cloaca (which also serves as a reproductive organ) where waste materials are collected and expelled.

African Grey Parrot Playing with Red Solo Cup - Video
(Toby Kieth song of the same name in the background)
Nothing to do with food - just really funny

That said a seed diet is okay, just be mindful that you need to supplement with some vitamins, minerals and amino acids. You can do this by supplementing with fresh fruits and vegetable. Halved walnuts for larger birds and cracked walnuts and slivered almonds for smaller birds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. You can also simply add a commercial supplement like Prime. Adding a powdered supplement to your bird's food can be a challenge so here's a couple of tips.

And then there are all the brands. We just added our 26th brand of bird food to the website, welcome Kaylor. Why do we carry so many brands? We offer everything we can base upon what you, our customer asks for. Which brand is better, that's up to you and your bird(s). To further complicate the issue, there are brands within brands Hagen offers Living World seed blend, Tropimix which is an enrichment blend of hulled seeds fruits and nuts and other nutritious items, and Tropican their pellet blend. Higgins offers seven lines of food including Mayan Harvest, a natural gourmet blend of seeds fruits and legumes and exotic spices, Nederlands Vita Seed an economy seed mixture and Worldly Cuisines cooked bird food.

is a very popular and very clean bird seed coming in a variety of Volkman
species specific blends. They even offer an Eclectus food (which can also be eaten by other species) which is not vitamin fortified in accordance with the most recent avian nutritional research. Volkman has no chemical preservatives or artificial flavors. Dr. Harvey's bird food is an all-natural blend containing only human grade ingredients too.

Birds in the wild are scavengers, they have to be in order to survive. Mark Hagen says it well, "Wild animals and birds are shown by their parents the right combination of sometimes very limited types of foods to meet their requirements for flight, growth, reproduction, and living! These wild food items have been selected through thousands of years of evolution. In captivity, they are under different conditions and eating different foods and we expect them to select the best combination immediately.

But it is not necessarily better to feed what birds eat in the wild to those in captivity. Many plants in the wild contain secondary plant compounds or are very low in many essential nutrients. Some Breeders have a romantic notion that captive diets which are complicated, labor intensive, using expensive ingredients are the most nutritious. Yet it is possible to feed easy to prepare, cost-efficient diets which do not compromise proper levels of essential nutrients".


Wild Sulfur Crested Cockatoos Foraging - Video


I do hope we made some headway in clarifying the options you have to feed your bird. Feel free

as an example.
California Blend although not as well-known as the others have been around for more than 25 years and is popular in zoos and animal themed parks as a daily diet. Their pellets are shaped to improve feeding techniques, ease of manipulation, and low waste. Roudybush offers pellets in several sizes and uses different fruits like dried peaches, apricots, plums, bell peppers and carrots in their Scenic bird food bird food has no dyes or preservatives. There can be benefits to these organic bird foods but just like in the grocery stores you'll find the cost of organic bird foods higher.Goldenfeast offer USDA certified organic bird food pellets. Totally Organics and Harrison's

although considered a bird treat offer a comprehensive nutritionally balanced diet for your bird consisting lots of human grade ingredients like pineapple, papaya, carrots, and raisins all rolled up in neat balls. The ball design provides your bird with a variety of beak and tongue sensations while enabling foraging activities.LaFeber's Nutriberries

offer colorful pellets that many birds find attractive.Pretty Bird Daily Select or Intune, Higgins Zupreem Fruit BlendThis is one of the reasons that pellets were developed. Pellets combined all the "good stuff " into one relatively neat package. We know parrots can be picky so a dish of food where everything looks the same offers less visual temptation to remove the contents. Zupreem makes pellets with colors and without. If your bird likes colorful food, 

to

contact us with specific nutrition questions. And remember we are the only company to offer free bird food rewards for all of your purchases

written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing

 

 

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