Sweet potato Patties [recipe]

We all want our feathery friends to obtain enough vitamins and especially vitamin A since parrots need a lot of it. When I was researching for my article about Vitamin A deficiency in parrots, I discovered they need as much Vitamin A as humans, daily. 

sweet potato recipe for birds

For this recipe, you can substitute sweet potato for carrots and/or pumpkin. Remember we want that orange veggie to give us the maximum amount of beta carotene. 


2 Sweet potatoes: cooked and mashed
1/2 cup Cooked Quinoa
1 tsp of each: Coriander, cumin, red chills, garam masala 
1/4 cup fresh cilantro 
Mix everything together and form patties. 

Brown patties in a skillet and coconut oil until brown OR put the patties on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

sweet potato recipe for parrots


Author Monika Sangar

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DIY Emergency Birdie Collar [Parrot Health]

DIY Emergency Birdie Collar  [bird health]

Birdie collar

An emergency is usually the case when we need to find something, or know something, and we are usually panicking while franticly trying to find answers on google.

Living in a Sanctuary and I must say I have done this many times. One of the things that could have helped, which I didn't know exist, was how to make an emergency birdie collar. 

If your parrot suddenly gets hurt and you need them to stop picking at the wound OR your parrot mutilates. Your vet isn't close or even better it's the weekend and they are closed. An emergency birdie collar will help the wound to start healing and not get worst until you can get your bird to the vet. Or your parrot picked and broke off his/her collar and you are waiting for a replacement. A lot of damage could be done in a few days and all the months of hard work of healing can be undone. 

Let's face it, these emergency birdie collars aren't going to last long with though beaks and you might need to make more than one depending on your situation. 

But I love DIY information which could be valuable and handy to know how to use it or make it in an emergency because it will save a life. 

Emergency Birdie Collar Instructions:

Step One: 

First of all, find a plastic lid. 
You will also need scissors and painter tape or any other paper or Linen tape.

DIY Birdie collar

Step Two: 

You can cut off the excess rip on the lid.

You need to cut a small circle (for the parrot's neck) as the picture below. You can make the hole larger than you need it because you will be able to adjust. 

Starting from one edge, cut a straight line to the center. Then cut a circle in the center on the lid. 

DIY Parrot Collar

Step Three: 

Using your tape, tape the whole collar, top all the way to the bottom. Making sure no sticky edges of the tape are revealed. Leave one corner of the lid untaped. This is where you can adjust your collar neck size. 

Birdie collar diy for emergency

Step Four:

Now you can use the emergency birdie collar. You can adjust the neck size to your parrot neck and then tape to secure where you need it to be. Make sure it not too tight, but tight enough so they don't escape.

(the clip is there just to show, don't use a clip with your parrot. Use tape to secure) 

diy parrot collar

As you can see, it won't take long to make an emergency birdie collar. This will buy you time to get to the vet or buy a more durable collar.

Emergency Birdie Collar By Juli Ann Sands. 

For Fleece, collars contact Juli Ann Sands. She will help with any issues and has many different designs depending on the individual situation.


Author Monika Sangar

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Eclectus Digestive Tract

The Eclectus Digestive Tract: Finally Understood

Eclectus parrots
Eclectus parrots 

For decades the Eclectus enthusiast has tried and tried to understand the unique dietary needs of their beloved companion birds. We have been told that due to their longer than usual digestive tract they need a high fiber diet, a higher fiber content than other Psittacines that is.

In comparison to other herbivores though the Eclectus parrot doesn’t require near as much fiber though because, obviously, parrots, in general, are much smaller creatures and therefore have much smaller digestive tracts. To say they need as much fiber flowing through their digestive tract as a cow, or a monkey or a human is thinking nonsense. The Eclectus is not truly herbivorous, it borders on frugivore/herbivore because it is a fruit-loving exotic bird.

And why would the Eclectus require more fiber running through its digestive tract simply because it has a longer digestive tract? Does it really have a longer digestive tract? And if so, what is the real reason for having a longer digestive tract?

I personally believe it is not because it has a longer digestive tract that it requires more fiber in its diet, but because it consumes more fruit that it has a longer digestive tract in which to extract all of the nutrients from the pectin fruit fiber. Do you see the subtle difference?

The Eclectus originates from an indigenous region that supplies an abundance of berries and fruit in the mid-canopy of the forest where the Eclectus prefers to spend most of its time. The Eclectus’ digestive tract is very efficient in digesting and absorbing nutrients from plant matter, especially the berries and fruit it consumes in the wild.

The digestive tract of the Eclectus is so efficient at absorbing nutrients that it can actually over-absorb nutrients from highly processed diets. This is one reason why the Eclectus does not do well on highly processed diets laden with synthetic nutrients; this species is one of the first species to begin showing problems with over-absorption of laboratory-produced nutrients, even though we are beginning to see this “HyperVitamin-Absorption Syndrome” in many species.

Special Eclectus Diet

While it may appear that berries and fruit are high in the same kind of fiber that vegetables, grain and legumes are, they are not. The fiber contained in vegetables is mostly cellulose, a non-digestible fiber mostly laxative in action, and the fiber most present in grains is gluten and starch and the fiber most present in legumes is starch. Ah…but the fiber most present in berries and fruit is pectin, a very rich source of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, essential carbohydrates, plant proteins, and extremely high in antioxidants.

Pectin is a very valuable fiber in Nature and this could be exactly the kind of fiber the Eclectus’ digestive system is equipped to process; this could be exactly why their digestive system is longer than most other parrots. It’s quite possible that more time is needed for the proteases in plant proteins, specifically the proteases in berries and fruit, to break down the proteins in those foods for proper digestion, absorption, and metabolism; ergo the longer digestive tract to allow more time in digestion. When there are not an abundance of other sources of protein such as animal protein, grains, and legumes, the digestive tract may require a longer period of time in which to thoroughly break down the plant proteins for total absorption.

Therefore it is not that the Eclectus requires more fiber, it is that the Eclectus’ digestive system requires more time in which to digest, absorb and metabolize the high pectin fiber diet they are designed to consume.

Next time you perform a research on the kind of indigenous plants that grow in Indonesia, the larger area in which the Eclectus originates from, look for the indigenous foods that are at the mid-canopy level where the Eclectus spends the vast amount of its time. I am not speaking of cultivated crops humans have brought in from other countries and have begun to grow there; I am talking about original, indigenous species of all plant matter. Most of the indigenous foods in the mid-canopy of the forest will be berries and fruit. These are the foodstuffs the Eclectus were originally meant to consume. And this is why their digestive tract is long 

by design, so their digestive tract has plenty of time in which to digest, absorb and metabolize all of the nutrients contained in the pectin of those berries and fruit.

Of course, the Eclectus consumes the seed found in the berries and fruit, and they love the macadamia nuts that grow indigenously in their native land, they also consume some amount of tender leaves, grasses, and herbs as well as some amount of insects and larvae they find burrowed in the berries, fruit, seed, and nuts they consume.

But we have to keep things in perspective; the long digestive tract is not there to feed high fiber diets to, at least not the kind of fiber we think about when we hear the term “fiber”; the long digestive tract of the Eclectus is there to efficiently process the high amount of highly nutritious pectin diets the Eclectus is meant to consume.

Author Unknown

Eclectus Diet explained



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Sweet Potato Muffins [birdie bread]

Sweet Potato Muffins [birdie bread]

In the USA, sweet potatoes are often miss labeled. For parrots and yourself, you want to use sweet potatoes that have orange flesh. 

  • Ingredients:

  • 3 cups: of cooked, mashed sweet potato plus (including) one Banana mashed
  • 2 cups: flour (I did a combination of 1/2 rice flour, 1/2 Rye flour, 1 cup all-purpose, unbleached wheat. You can use any combo or just one)
  • 2 tsp: cinnamon ( Ceylon ) 
  • 1 tsp: baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp: baking powder
  • 3/4 cup: apple sauce
  • 3 large eggs (with shells) Or 3 Tablespoons of Flaxseed meal mixed with 6 TBLS water. Let it sit for 10 minutes until thick 
  • 1 tsp: vanilla
  • 1 Tbls: fax seeds and/or chia seeds

You may also add nuts if you prefer. I didn't for my batch.


In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, apple sauce, eggs, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and then add the sweet potato/banana mash. Add your seeds and or nuts if you're using them
Pour into muffin tins/cups.  Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes.





Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

Sweet Potato Crisp [Healthy Snack]

Sweet Potato Crisp
[Healthy Snack]

Parrot eating sweet potato crisp

The most enjoyable thing to do is to enjoy a treat with your parrot. It helps us bond with each other, creates a flock environment, and creates a healthy relationship. I know what you're thinking, that's a lot to ask from a sweet potato crisp recipe. But trust me on this. 

parrot eating sweet potato


I got two sweet potatoes, cook them any way you wish. 
Mashed I had around 9 oz. 

Sweet potato has a lot of moisture. So first I got 5 almonds and 1 tsp of flaxseed and grind them in my spice mix. Add to sweet potato. 

One tsp of chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, millet, sesame seeds, Ceylon cinnamon, and red chill flakes. 

You can add more or less or anything ingredient you wish or your parrots needs. 

I greased a small cookie sheet, 11 by 14. 

I took the mixture and spread it thinly on the cookie sheet. 

Then baked at 350 for 50 minutes. 

It's a very healthy treat for humans and parrots.

Finished sweet potato crisp


Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

Banana oat muffins recipe [ Healthy Food]

Healthy banana muffin recipe [healthy birdie food]

Birdie muffin recipe


2 cups  flour (whole wheat, rye, spelt or combo of flour)
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats plus more for sprinkling on top
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt.
1 cup packed mashed ripe bananas
2 eggs ( if your birds are getting too many eggs, or for vegan parrots, substitute with chia seeds or flaxseed meal) * see note below
1/3 cup Apple sauce
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tin with butter or cooking spray or line with liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In another large bowl, beat the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, olive oil, milk, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Do not over-mix. Add nuts at this point.

Divide the mixture evenly into 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle with rolled oats and cinnamon if desired. Bake muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

*Note substitute eggs. Place two tablespoons of flaxseed meal or chia seeds in 6 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes until it has become a gel. 


Author Monika Sangar

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

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