Nothing says “I love you” more than getting mashed, cooked beans or legumes rubbed across cooked beans your pant leg. Cooked, unsalted beans are high in protein (e.g. black beans, kidney beans, great northern beans, pinto beans, etc.). A bonus to beans and legumes are the variety of shapes and sizes in which they grow, so choose ones that appeal to your pet bird. A cockatiel might fly away in terror if it sees a chickpea/garbanzo bean rolling across the bottom of its food bowl, but a lentil bean may pique its interest!
More meticulous pet birds can take pleasure in peeling the cooked bean and legume skins off and eating the fleshy interior, while others may just take a quick, sample bite of each. Best of all, it’s easy to put a few aside while you’re making your own meal and let your pet birds “help” with dinner… although you’ll have to make sure the half-eaten bean or legume bits being flung across your counter don’t end up in your own meal!