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My vet always warns that generally one can't really tell when a bird stops eating because, as part of their stoic nature, they will "pretend" to eat even when they are not actually eating. In the wild, a bird that was noticably not eating would be picked off as prey. That is nature's way. Therefore, it is entirely possible that what you are suspecting, that the bird might not be swallowing much of its food, could be quite correct.
You have had the vet check, so I suppose I would not be worried that the bird is sick. I suppose favorite foods that you notice the bird actually swallowing, if you can find any, would be my only suggestion. Do you feed pellets? A pellet higher in fat might help, but not if the bird stops eating it because it is different. It is risky to try new pellets because sometimes birds don't want to switch pellets for a bit. You could offer both a pellet with higher fat and the one the bird was weaned onto.
Does your bird like pine nuts? All of my birds love pine nuts, and I assume they are high in fat. I give them for training treats. (The shelled kind. None of my birds can figure out how to open the ones still in the shell.) Other nuts are also high in fat and often enjoyed as treats.