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Palm nut (and Terminalia nut) treats for your Macaws, Cockatoos and other parrots!

Read this article about Hyacinth macaws native foods in South America:

 In the Land of the Hyacinth Macaw By: Jessie Zgurski
http://zoologica.wordpress. com/2010/06/23/the-hyacinth- macaw/

Reunite your pet macaws with the natural food they would’ve foraged on and enjoyed in the wild - Attalea (cousin of the "Acuri" palm nut) Acrocomia "Bocaiuva", "Licuri", "Buri" palm nuts as well as Terminalia catappa nuts which many other parrots species enjoy.

Why should you be interested in these nuts for your macaw, palm cockatoo or other parrot?

Because these palm nuts are exactly what macaws eat in the wild and macaws, Palm cockatoos and other parrots also eat Terminalia catappa nuts in the wild!

As opposed to the very hard palm nuts which only nut-cracking macaws and large cockatoos can tackle, most other parrots are naturally drawn to, tear apart, and eat the corky textured Terminalia nut.  Greys, Poicephalus, and similar sized parrots enjoy chewing up the corky exterior and cracking the challenging center surrounding the very nutritious nut.  

These are the wild foods that your birds' bills, feet and minds were designed for and programmed to use.

See this article about how hyacinth macaws bill chisel size is most suitable for Attalea and Acrocomia aculeata nuts!  

and also how Lear's macaw's bill chisel size is designed for Licuri palm nuts,

"A. hyacinthinus are high specialized to eat two palm fruit species bocaiúva (Acrocomia aculeata) and acuri (Attlea phalerata)" (Schneider, Serbena, and Robaldo Guedes 2006)

Additionally, a historical review of foods that Hyacinth macaws and relatives eat emphasizing Attalea and Acrocomia


The Palm Nut Treats! 

Attalea and Acrocomia aculeata (Bocaiuva palm), Licuri and Buri palm nuts are the natural wild food of many species of large nut cracking macaws, such as Scarlet macaws, Blue and gold macaws, Green-winged macaws, Hyacinth macaws, Lear's macaws, Military macaws and Buffon's macaws. If your Macaws don't seem to be challenged by Macadania or Brazil nuts, they will be challenged with Acrocomia and especially Attalea palm nuts. Lear's Macaws' native diets in some geographic regions mostly consist of the Licuri palm nuts!

These palm nuts are eaten by macaws exclusively for the inner nut kernel.  The outer portion of these two nut species is thin and sticky and/or starchy and is nutrient poor.

Take a look at Attalea (larger, on the left) and Acrocomia aculeata (smaller, on the right).  Scale: each square is a half inch.Each Attalea palm nut is about 1.7 inches wide and 2.5 inches long, hard and heavy like a golf ball and contains up to three kernels inside. Acrocomia aculeata nuts are about a 1 inch sphere. 



Benefits of offering Attalea, Acrocomia, Licuri, Buri and Terminalia nuts:  

1. Challenged by a maximum performance food item!  These palm seeds (nuts) are extremely hard, much harder than macadamia or Brazil nuts, this helps them withstand the efforts of seed predators.  Macaws are seed predators, that in captivity, almost never get to work out that magnificent masterpiece of a bill (and all the nut cracking muscles) that power it.  Attalea palm nuts fulfill a macaw's foraging anatomy and foraging instinct.  Plain and simply, Attalea palm nuts offer your macaw the opportunity to use their beaks and tongues at MAXIMUM performance - the way they were meant to be used to forage naturally.

2. Rejoined with a native food item that their wild ancestors relied upon for millennia.  Arguably, these palm species influenced the development of the massive nut cracking bills and muscles of the large macaws in a natural "arms race".  With successive generations of palms having harder and harder nuts that were better able to survive being crushed by predators, thus, being able to pass on their hard nut traits to subsequent palm generations.  And successive generations of macaws that got better at cracking these harder and harder nuts.

3. Being native range foods, it is likely that these native food items contain nutrients that are beneficial to captive macaws.


I harvest these palm nuts as for food for parrots.  The nuts I provide are from palms that receive no pesticides or herbicides and are specifically handled with attention to cleanliness and care, from palm to box, with the intent of them becoming a parrot's meal!  After harvest they are immediately refrigerated to assure dryness and freshness.  I inspect each and every nut to make sure it is acceptable for your parrot(s).  


I ship using USPS Priority small (Licuri, Buri and Terminalia) medium and large flat rate boxes (Attalea, Acrocomia).  Small USPS Priority mail box, $2.95, $9.95 for the medium USPS Priority Mail box (up to about six pounds nuts) and $14.95 for the large USPS Priority Mail box (up to about 11 pounds of nuts) and delivery tracking/confirmation through the USPS website.  I combine shipping so if your whole order of any combination of nuts will fit in one of these boxes you will only pay the shipping cost for one box.  Since it is a flat rate shipping charge per box (and not by weight) it benefits the customer to buy as many pounds to fill the box up!

I am always interested in videos of your parrots eating Attalea or Acrocomia palm nuts. Please share your videos and I will post them on this website.


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Palm nuts native food for macaws.

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Updated March 13, 2016