Can Cockatiels Eat Bell Peppers? The “Sweet & Spicy” Answer

Bell peppers have a pleasant aroma and a sweet, fruity taste with a hint of chili. But can cockatiels eat bell peppers? Let’s find out

Yes, you can give bell peppers to your pet bird. It is a good source of vitamins B6, folic acid, A, and C, and fiber, which are essential for a bird’s health.

All bell peppers, including red and yellow, can be given to cockatiels.

Pet owners should take care always to give bell peppers in moderate quantities and add other fresh vegetables like sweet potatoes and leafy greens to ensure they get a healthy diet.

In the rest of the article, I will share how you can give bell peppers to cockatiels, in what quantities, what benefits it has, and more.

Can Cockatiels Eat Bell Peppers

Bell Pepper Nutritional Info: Is It Good For Cockatiels

Bell peppers are actually quite a nutritious food for your feathered friend.

Raw red bell pepper contains a high water content, while the rest is protein, carbs, fat, and fiber.

The nutrients present in 100 grams of red bell pepper include:

  • Calories -31
  • Protein -1 gram
  • Carbs – 6 grams
  • Fat -0.3 grams
  • Fiber -2.1 grams
  • Sugar -4.2 grams
  • Water -92 %


  • Vitamin C: Raw red bell peppers are a high source of vitamin C, essential for increasing the immune system in cockatiels.
  • Vitamin B6: Vitamin B 6 in green bell pepper helps brain development and increases your pet cockatiel’s immune system.
  • Vitamin A: It is essential for the growth and vision of the bird.


  • Potassium: Potassium in red bell peppers helps improve your feathered friend’s overall health.
  • Iron: Red bell peppers are a good source of iron, essential for producing hemoglobin in birds.

Other Nutrients

Red bell peppers have fiber essential for increasing the gut health of the bird.

Simultaneously it contains numerous antioxidants like capsanthin, lutein, and many more, which help the bird to have good vision.

It even helps in enhancing the mental health of cockatiels.

How Should Bell Peppers Be Given To Cockatiels?

You should wash the bell peppers thoroughly in water, cut them into a few pieces, and serve them on a flat plate to your bird.

You can also give cooked bell pepper, but it will lose some nutrients. Again, don’t cook bell peppers in oil or spices. Oil is fatty, and spices can be toxic to birds.

Different Forms Of Bell Pepper: Which Ones To Give?

#1. Orange Bell Peppers

Orange bell peppers are sweeter than green and yellow but less than red. You can give cut pieces of orange bell peppers and serve cockatiel.

Orange bell peppers are good for cockatiels

#2. Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers remain for a longer time on the vine and are sweetest compared to other colored bell peppers.

For instance, 100 grams of green bell pepper contain 2.4 grams of sugar, while red bell pepper contains 4.2 grams of sugar.

Vitamin C is higher in red bell peppers than in the other colors. So, red bell peppers are the healthiest for your birds.

Red bell peppers are the most nutritious

#3. Green Bell Peppers

Green peppers taste slightly bitter compared to other colored bell peppers because of less sugar content.

They are harvested earlier than the remaining colors.

But they are also rich in nutrients and are safe for cockatiels. Make sure not to give the crown leaf of green bell pepper as it is not good for your bird.

#4. Yellow Bell Peppers

Yellow peppers are sweeter than green bell peppers but less so than orange bell peppers.

They also have nutritional content and are a safe food for cockatiels.

All four chili peppers are similar; they only vary in ripeness. But colored bell peppers have more nutritional value and taste sweeter than green bell peppers.

Green bell peppers are less nutritious.

#5. Bell Pepper Seed

Some fruit seeds, like apple seeds, are not good for cockatiels because they contain cyanide which is toxic to them.

But bell pepper seeds are safe, and you can give them to your cockatiel.

Cockatiels will enjoy the seeds more as compared to the flesh of bell peppers. But try to include the flesh as well because it contains more nutrients.

How Much (And How Often) Should You Give Bell Peppers To Your Bird?

Bell peppers should not be given more than 9-12 grams in a day. You should always include a variety of vegetables like sweet potato, carrots, mustard green, and many more.

A cockatiel requires approximately 30 grams of food in a day. Fruits and vegetables should be 25-30 percent of the daily diet.

The remaining 60 percent should be pellets, and the rest 10 percent can be snacks for cockatiels like nuts and seeds.

You have to balance all the food to have a healthy diet for cockatiel. So try to keep the quantities of bell pepper limited and swap it with other nutritious food during the week.

Bell pepper seed is also good for cockatiels, but the skin is better

Are There Any Dangers To Giving Bell Peppers to Cockatiels?

Bell peppers are good for cockatiel. But overfeeding is not good for your bird.

If you give a lot of bell pepper, your cockatiel will lack the nutrients from other vegetables like green beans, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens.

Some cockatiels can also have diarrhea or gastrointestinal issues because of overfeeding.

Additionally, remember never to feed the stems and leaves of bell pepper because they can be poisonous to the bird.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can cockatiels eat raw bell peppers?

Yes, raw bell peppers are safe for birds. They are more nutritious compared to cooked ones. But always remove stems and leaves of bell pepper and then serve your bird.
Wash the raw bell pepper in water, chop it into small pieces and give your bird. You don’t need to remove seeds as they are healthy for cockatiels.

Will red pepper hurt the birds?

Capsaicin is present in red pepper seeds, which activate the taste receptors in mammals and birds.
But capsaicin activates the pain receptor in mammals, while it does not do so in birds. That’s why red pepper will not hurt your bird.

Can I put crushed red pepper in birdseed?

Yes, you can add crushed red pepper in bird seed, and the little birds won’t find any difference in taste. The capsaicin content in red pepper does not affect birds.
In fact, adding a bit of red pepper might even be beneficial for them.

Can birds eat cucumber?

Cucumber is safe for your bird. If you have a large bird, it will like to peck the skin and eat the flesh and seed of cucumbers.
But for smaller birds, you must first slice the cucumber into smaller pieces before serving your bird.

Wrap Up

Yes, you can give bell peppers of all types (red, orange, green or yellow) to your cockatiels.

Bell peppers are loaded with minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, which are good for the health of birds.

But always give them in moderation quantities and remember to keep exchanging them with other fresh vegetables and fruits to have a balanced diet.

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