What is Red Palm Oil?

Health and wellness circles have been praising the nutritional benefits of Red Palm Oil for a few years now, but this super-food is anything but new. In fact, herbologists have traced it’s use all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians!


So, what is it? And, more importantly, how can it help your bird? Don’t worry, we’ll get there!


The Parrot Shop’s Organic Red Palm Oil is sustainably extracted from organic palm fruit trees, native to West Africa. The result? One of the richest, natural sources of carotenoids on the market today!


Carotenoids are dietary building blocks that are chock-full of cancer-fighting antioxidants. They also promote strong cardiovascular health, assist in the formation of bones, improve infection resistance, promote healthy eye tissue, repair body tissue… this list goes on. Simply put, carotenoids are “of great dietary importance,” for humans and birds… and cats… and dogs. We all need them.


Usually, our feathered friends get their carotenoids from fruits, vegetables, and pricey dietary supplements. But, not anymore! Organic Red Palm Oil contains 15 times the betacarotene of a carrot, and also contains Vitamin E, Omega 3, Omega 6, and Vitamin A. Which is way more efficient, and way more cost effective, than a grocery cart full of produce.   


It takes just two-teaspoons per week for your bird to enjoy the countless nutritional benefits of Red Palm Oil! Red Palm Oil is especially helpful for African Grey Parrots, Macaw’s and Palm Cockatoos, but can benefit birds of all shapes and sizes.  


Benefits Red Palm Oil


- Decreases incidence of arteriosclerosis.

- Lowers blood cholesterol.

- Decreases occurrence of blood clots.

Lowers incidence of strokes and heart attacks.

- Improves immune function.

- Improves skin and feather health!

- Source of Vitamin A 

- Source of Omega 3 and Omega 6

You are probably wondering, how do I use this stuff? Well, there are a few ways! It's a soft solid at room temperature so you can feed it as is on a spoon, mix it in with your birds food, spread it on toast like peanut butter. If you warm it up it liquefies and you can easily mix it into food or use it in birdie bread.  

Have you tried The Parrot Shop’s Organic Red Palm Oil? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below! 



Date 2/21/2019

I've used red palm oil for a few years with Eclectus, pionus and a galah. It can change how your birds respond to different foods. My Ekkie will eat ANYTHING if it's got red palm oil mixed in. I always melt a very small amount and mix it in with his chop. The result: no more picking through and throwing the unwanted broccoli out of the bowl. Everything gets eaten!

The Parrot Shop

Date 2/21/2019 3:46:00 PM

Hi Kelly, so glad to hear that it's working for you. My guys love it too! I love mixing it into birdie bread :)


Date 3/12/2019

My green cheek conure doesn’t seem to like the oil. I’ve mixed it in his fresh fruit and I don’t think he likes the taste of it. He’s stopped eating the chop recipe ( I make the one from your post) and fresh fruit . I’m thinking I may have to mix it in the next batch of chop?

The Parrot Shop

Date 3/12/2019 8:02:00 PM

Hi Lisa, sometimes it takes a bit for birds to adjust to new foods. I would keep trying and don't give up!. You can also mix it into birdie bread which may hide it a little more as well ;)


Date 4/6/2019

My green cheek is very picky and didn’t like the oil at all, I put a bit on my finger and put the finger on the side of its beak and he licked a bit off. Next day same routine, now he doesn’t mind it and licks freely from a small spatula. I will try to mix it in his food. I keep you posted

The Parrot Shop

Date 4/7/2019 8:56:00 AM

My guys love it when I mix it in with their foods. Keep us posted!

Carson Shepler

Date 6/18/2021

How much do mix in food parrot pellets

The Parrot Shop

Date 7/19/2021 8:44:31 PM

You can use around 1 tsp daily :)

James Park

Date 7/17/2021

Is it normal for the Red Palm Oil to change the color of the feces/poop? I mix it in their normal chop, but it makes their poop instantly reddish-reddish/green/brown.

The Parrot Shop

Date 7/19/2021 8:43:31 PM

Hi there, yes it is completely normal. It happens also when you feed different fruits, veggies etc :)


Date 1/10/2022

Hi, I just heard about palm oil recently. I was told to use it when making bird bread. I have a peach-faced lovebird who is turning 19 years old this year. He of course has developed some health conditions at this age. I was told it would be good for his eyes with him having cataracts, but he also has an inflammed liver. Can I still use palm oil or would it be better for his liver to use extra virgin olive oil?

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