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High Performance Formula


Tropican High Performance Formula provides proper daily nutrition for weaning, fledgling and breeding Parrots or for Parrots that require a heartier diet.

Did you know that High Performance Formula for Parrots …

  • Is a natural transition from the Hand-Feeding formula
  • Contains no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors
  • Is a full balanced diet that is fortified with vitamins and minerals so an additional supplement is not required
  • Contains a blend of multi grains with peanuts for high palatability
  • Contains natural omega fatty acids from flaxseed
  • Contains balanced calcium and vitamin D for proper egg formation and bone health
  • Contains essential amino acid combination to promote optimal growth and feather development
  • Encourages natural foraging
  • Comes in multi size morsels and shapes to satisfy a wide range of species (granules, sticks and biscuits)
  • Contains a higher caloric value and is a hearty diet for outdoor flighted aviaries

… all this results in optimum feather structure growth, vivid colors and luster!


Unique Formulation for Optimal Growth and Feather Development

Parrot Fledglings

A High Performance diet meets the higher requirements for breeding (parental egg laying and rearing of young) and growing Parrots (hand-feeding from hatch).
It’s an excellent peanut-derived source of fat and protein, as well as a source of essential grains that complement amino acid profiles; all critical for feather and muscle development. A rich source of Omega fatty acids from flaxseed, peanuts and sunflower seeds makes feathers shine and helps support a healthy body.

Nutrient Density and Digestibility

One of the major differences between Tropican High Performance Parrot food and other products is our significantly higher fat level. When we fed other products to our birds, they developed wet, smelly droppings. These products are basically glorified farm pellets and probably are least cost formulated like poultry feed (they actually look like chicken feed). These products have minimal levels of essential fatty acids and amino acids.

A perch made from non-toxic natural branch

HARI decided to increase the caloric density of our formula with more fat, so that the bird would have to eat and drink less.
Our guaranteed fat level in the High Performance diet is a minimum 11%. This is about twice the fat found in other pellets. HARI has had no obesity problems but more importantly has no skinny birds either.
Other breeders who use diets with the lower fat levels report skinny African Greys and Cockatoos unless they supplement these pellets with oil seeds such as sunflower. Any pellet that has to be supplemented with oil seeds or fruits can hardly be called complete.

Protein Levels

Birds, like all animals, eat to balance their energy needs. When comparing the protein versus dietary energy of Tropican High Performance Parrot food with other bird food, the levels are similar. Although the percent of protein in the diets is different, so is the available energy level. Since Tropican Parrot food has a higher caloric density, birds eat less of it. The amount of protein consumed and used by the bird is actually less with Tropican due its higher fat levels. This also reduces the amount of protein the bird must use for energy. Metabolic water is a by-product of fat metabolism reducing water intake. When protein is broken down and used as an energy source, the uric acid by-product must be excreted by the kidney which can be stressful.


Tropican High Performance or Lifetime

Parrots have significantly more taste buds than chickens, so why do many diets look and taste like chicken feed? Unlike farm pellets these granules break cleanly and do not explode into fine powder like pellets do. The Parrot is able to hold the rest of the morsel and eat the piece it broke off. Again this difference results in a benefit to the consumer as significantly less wastage is associated with Tropican Parrot food.

Some bird owners find it hard to feed their bird uniform, formulated diets. Tropican’s generous levels of important nutrients allow it to be diluted (up to 20 percent on a weight basis) by the addition of fruits and vegetables. Tropican is a hard, dense morsel which parrots enjoy biting into. Tropican High Perfomance granules, sticks or biscuits ensure that fussy eaters get a full balanced diet. Since Tropican incorporates vitamins and minerals, a vitamin supplement is not needed.

Proudly Canadian Made

We are very proud of Tropican’s outstanding 30+ year tradition of raising thousands of parrots over several generations at HARI. At a time when most bird food companies have shut their research centers, HARI continues its ongoing work on the research and development of advanced bird nutrition. In fact, HARI is the longest-standing research facility dedicated to studying the care and breeding of parrots.

Tropican uses only the freshest grains and legumes from the most recent crops.

Ingredients are sourced locally, which means consumers get fresher food faster. In addition, the fact that it’s now made in close geographical proximity to HARI, located in Rigaud, means quicker turnaround times for final HARI quality assurance approvals and enhanced freshness-to-market efficiencies.

At HARI, Quality Control is a 3-Step Process

Did you know that EVERY SINGLE LOT of Tropican food formulations developed at Hagen Industries are tested and fed to HARIs own flock?

Highest Quality Ingredients and First-Rate Quality Control Processes Mean Premium Quality Foods

Nutritional/Chemical Assay – Raw Material Control

Raw ingredients are inspected, analyzed, and tested for nutrient
content, aflatoxins, and residual pesticide contamination.

Biological Assay – In Process Control

Blended/extruded ingredients are sampled and tested
for microbiology/chemical analysis and nutrient/moisture
levels by internal and independent laboratory.

HARI Flock Feeding Trials – Final Product Control

Ready to be packaged lots are sent to be tested for final
moisture levels, nutritional content, and feeding trials on
live parrots at the HARI facility.

This process is part of the Hagen Industries/HARI Quality Assurance & Food Safety Guarantee, to ensure your bird is always getting safe, dependable, nutritious food. If it doesn’t have the flocks’ final approval, it doesn’t leave the Hagen Industries plant!

For more in-depth information on the scientific development of Tropican Formulated Diets read Avian Nutrition: Trends and Philosophies, by HARI Director, Mark Hagen

Recommended Species


Who can benefit from High Performance Formula?

High Performance Formula is suitable for young, weaning and fledgling Parrots. It can also be fed to breeding Parrots or for Parrots that require a heartier diet. View the photo gallery below to learn more about the benefits of providing Tropican High Performance Formula to your pet bird.

Feeding Guide

To Keep your pet bird healthy, water cups should be cleaned daily, and food should be replenished as needed. Tropican extruded granules, sticks and/or biscuits should be replenished as needed. For nutrition recommendations when feeding pet birds, download the pdf version of the Tropican Feeding Guide for Parrots.

A Guide on Converting Your Bird to the Best Diet

Ensure that your pet bird is in good health. Changing a bird’s diet can be stressful, even if changing the diet will help his condition. Since birds are masters at hiding their illnesses, the stress incurred during a diet change can catapult the bird into a worse condition. There are many methods to convert parrots to a new diet.

The success of one method over the other depends on the number of birds, the compliance level of the owner, and most importantly, the consistency of the caretaker. Usually, a diet change is necessary to prevent malnutrition in parrots, and a veterinarian usually plays an instrumental part in a bird’s diet change. Here are some suggestions to get your birds on a healthier diet!

Download the Tropican Conversion Guide

Tropican Conversion Guide

Bird Nutrition: Parrot Diets – How much Tropican bird food should your pet bird be eating?

While the HARI Flock eats 100% Tropican daily, for most companion pet birds we recommend that their diet consist of 70% Tropican Extruded Pellets and 30% for enrichment food such as seed & nut mixes, fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, sprouts and of course Tropimix!

Note that this is a recommendation and can vary depending on your birds’ lifestyle, life-stage, species, weight, and predisposition. Always speak with your Avian Veterinarian for any health concerns. Breeder and Juvenile parrots might require a little more Tropican.

Once your bird has converted to a pelleted diet, Tropican extruded pellets should be offered in clean dishes adlib throughout the bird’s living quarters. You can also provide foraging opportunities by hiding the food in toys or foraging trays. To monitor your pet bird’s daily consumption of Tropican, keep extruded diet in separate bowls/dishes from the 30% enrichment foods. This will also help reduce spoiling the food.

Should every parrot species be fed a daily recommendation of 70% of Tropican?

While Tropican diets offer an excellent foundation in optimal nutrition for most parrots, caretakers need take into consideration species specifications, as well as lifestage levels, for their birds. Some parrot species do well with a higher percentage of seed in their overall diet. For those birds, and especially birds fed predominantly seed diet, we recommend that caretakers offer Prime Vitamins and Mineral supplement. Plus, breeding parrots or juveniles need a higher level of proteins and other nutrients for optimal health.

Enrichment foods – The Remaining 30% of the Diet

Let’s talk about the remaining 30% of your bird’s diet, the enrichment portion. Perhaps the 30% ratio of enrichment food for your parrot doesn’t sound like much. Keep in mind, the HARI recommendation of 70% Tropican to 30% enrichment foods is in reference to caloric needs and not volume.

Enrichment Foods: Fruits and Vegetables

Our parrots love their fruits and vegetables, and of course, caretakers love to offer these yummy items to their parrots. While fruits and vegetables, organic or not, seem like a natural part of any parrot’s enrichment diet, we do caution caretakers about using proper hygiene in produce preparations. We especially want to share our concerns with overfeeding too much fruit and vegetables that contain high amounts of naturally occurring sugars.



Corn, soybean meal, corn gluten meal, wheat, brown rice, dehulled sunflower seeds, dehulled peanuts, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dicalcium phosphate, lecithin, calcium carbonate, yeast culture, flaxseed, dried beet pulp, dried kelp, oat groats, L-lysine, choline chloride, DL-methionine, orange oil, banana oil, biotin, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium L-ascorbyl-2-monophosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc oxide, manganous oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, rosemary extract, beta-carotene, riboflavin, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, inositol, folic acid, vitamin A supplement, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement.

Fruity Smell?

The fruity aroma is derived from natural fruit oils (banana and orange oil) and is sprayed on to the morsels, along with herbal antioxidants and tocopherals (Vitamin E) right before packaging. Unlike artificial flavors, the natural fruity aroma will dissipate in a reasonable amount of time after opening.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein (min.) 22%
Crude fat (min.) 11%
Crude fiber (max.) 3.5%
Moisture (max.) 11%
Ash (max.) 6.5%
Calcium (min.) 1%
Phosphorus (min.) 0.8%
Iron (max.) 90 mg/kg
Vitamin A (min.) 5,500 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 (min.) 550 IU/kg
Vitamin E (min.) 220 IU/kg
Beta-Carotene (min.) 0.45 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min.) 0.03%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min.) 0.25%


Composition: Cereals (53%), derivatives of vegetable origin, vegetable proteins extracts, seeds (flaxseed 1%), minerals, nuts (peanuts 3.8%), oils & fats, yeasts, algae.

Additives per kg: Nutritional additives: vitamin A (3a672a) 8,250 IU, vitamin D3 (3a671) 660 IU, iodine (E2) 1.1 mg, copper (E4) 13.2 mg, manganese (E5) 138.6 mg, zinc (E6) 176 mg, selenium (E8) 4.4 μg.

Analytical constituents:

Crude Protein 22%
Crude Fibre 3.5%
Crude Fat 11%
Inorganic matter 6.5%
Phosphorus 0.8%
Vitamin A 5,500 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 550 IU/kg
Vitamin E 220 IU/kg
Beta-Carotene 0.45 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.03%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 0.25%

Available Sizes

When planning your purchase be sure to select from the following morsel variations according to your bird species.


80526 High Performance Parrot Food – 2 mm Granules 820 g 1.8 lb
80518 High Performance Parrot Food – 2 mm Granules 11.34 kg 25 lb
80536 High Performance Parrot Food – 4 mm Granules 820 g 1.8 lb
80553 High Performance Parrot Food – 4 mm Granules 11.34 kg 25 lb
80566 High Performance Parrot Food – 8 mm Rounds 7.5 kg 16.5 lb
80543 High Performance Parrot Food – Sticks 1.5 kg 3.3 lb
80545 High Performance Parrot Food – Sticks 3.63 kg 8 lb
80547 High Performance Parrot Food – Sticks 9.07 kg 20 lb
80551 High Performance Parrot Food – Biscuits 680 g 1.5 lb
80552 High Performance Parrot Food – Biscuits 1.5 kg 3.3 lb Ltd.
80554 High Performance Parrot Food – Biscuits 9.07 kg 20 lb

Storage Instructions

For maximum freshness, once opened, store in a cool, dry place. Our safe and effective CO2 treatment and air barrier bags ensure insect control and freshness. Manufactured in a facility that packages products containing nuts.

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