Supplementation may prevent hypocalcemia. Consider calcium-packed items such as okra, figs, mustard greens, zucchini, dandelion greens, celery, cabbage, carrots, endives, broccoli, apricots, parsley, kidney beans and pinto beans. Before bringing any food items at all into your African grey's diet, always first speak to your veterinarian in order to get her approval. Remember to never feed calcium in excess, as especially inordinate amounts—more than 2.5 percent of your bird's diet—can trigger kidney disease and potentially fatal consequences. Veterinarian Anneliese Strunk recommends never offering your African grey over 1 percent calcium out of his total nutritional intake for the day, as this can also reduce a bird's capabilities for taking in vital nutrients—think zinc and magnesium.
Food For African Grey Parrots - Petcha
The natural predators for this species include , as well as a number of raptors; monkeys target eggs and the young for food. African grey parrots in captivity have been observed to be susceptible to fungal infections, bacterial infections, nutritional insufficiency, malignant tumors, psittacine beak and feather disease, tapeworms, and blood-worms.
Calcium Foods for African Grey Parrots - Pets
It is a valuable exercise to spend two to three weeks, observing your parrot as if you were taking a video of his actions. In other words, strive for objectivity. Get acquainted with what his body language looks like when he’s startled or scared. With many species, the feathers will be held tightly in toward the body, the neck will elongate, and he may look “wide-eyed.” Anxiety in African grey parrots is often demonstrated by dancing from one leg to the other while biting the toenails of the elevated foot, or by twisting of the head in a figure-eight motion while seeming to look upward. Generalized anxiety or stress often results in lack of play, fewer vocalizations, and sometimes-decreased food intake. Extreme anxiety will result in the more obvious behaviors of feather destruction or phobias.
[Spikie] Talking African Grey Parrot asking for Food - YouTube