Yes, parrots can have cinnamon in moderate amounts but not all types of cinnamon. It can be used to treat respiratory problems and as a natural insect repellent. However, it is important to use it in moderation as too much can be toxic. Most of the pet parrots love cinnamon powder sprinkled over their daily fresh foods.
There are two types of cinnamon available in market:
- Ceylon cinnamon which is also known as True cinnamon.
- Cassia cinnamon. This is most common in the US market.
You should avoid Cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon, which is more commonly found in grocery stores, contains a higher level of the chemical name ‘Cumarin’ which is toxic to birds. Therefore, it is important to be aware of this difference and choose Ceylon cinnamon if you plan on using it with birds.
Cumarin is toxic to birds due to its anticoagulant properties. Ingestion of cumarin can lead to internal hemorrhaging and other gastrointestinal issues. It is important to use cinnamon in moderation with birds, as it can be dangerous if ingested in large amounts.
Too much cinnamon can be toxic for birds because it contains other compounds called cinnamaldehyde and eugenol, which can be toxic in large amounts. Ingestion of large amounts of cinnamon can lead to vomiting and other digestive issues, as well as respiratory distress.
Nutritional Value of Cinnamon (all data collected from USDA)
Let’s check the nutritional value of cinnamon.
Cinnamon is rich in carbohydrates. But good news is all carbohydrates are bound to dietary fiber which means low glycemic value. So nothing to worry about.
Cinnamon is not rich in vitamins. So it is not adding any value to daily food intake.
Surprisingly, cinnamon is rich in calcium and phosphorus. Both calcium and phosphorus are very important to pet birds, especially for female birds.Cinnamon has almost 1 gram of calcium and 65 milligram phosphorus per 100 gram dried powder. On average, the minimum daily intake of calcium of egg laying cockatiel is 50mg. So adding a spoonful of Ceylon cinnamon powder to the fresh food of your bird will do a fantastic job.
How much cinnamon can parrot eat?
You should give it in moderate amount. 02-03 time per week is enough.
How do I know which one is Ceylon and which one is Cassia cinnamon?
By looking at the price you can identify which one is ceylon cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon price is way too high compared to cassia cinnamon. Another clue is smell and color. Ceylon cinnamon is less fragrant than cassia. Also ceylon cinnamon is pale in color compared to cassia cinnamon.
In conclusion, you may give Ceylon cinnamon to your bird but not Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon will provide a good amount of calcium. My birds loves cinnamon, hopefully your bird will love it too!