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Why do parrots love eating chillies? Can they eat them all the time?

Dear Subarnarekha,

Chillies have a chemical called capsaicin which makes our tongue burn. As a result, we cannot eat too much of it. However, capsaicin has no effect on birds. Chillies contain nutrition and vitamins which are good for them. However, they are not the only food parrots should eat. They have to be given a variety of foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts.