Have you already made up your mind to get a parrot for a pet? If yes, then we will help you find out how much money you need to shell out to buy a parrot.
First of all, just to let you know, there are almost 402 species of parrots around the world. This figure is categorized into three namely true parrots, cockatoos, and the New Zealand parrots.
Not all these parrot species fetch the same prices, some are more expensive than others. Therefore, some parrots species are only reserved for affluent individuals.
Factors like age, health, and rarity of the birds affect the cost of parrots. And, if you will purchase the parrot from a trusted breeder (which we highly recommend), the price is higher as compared if you will get the parrot from a private seller. By doing so, you can be sure about the health of the parrot.
Price of Large-sized Parrots:
1. The African Grey
There are two types of Greys, namely the Congo African Grey and the Timneh African Grey, with the Timneh being the less popular and less expensive between the two.
If what you want to buy is a baby African grey, be ready to prepare a huge amount because that babe can be sold for as high as $3,600.00. On the other hand, the adult Congo African Grey is worth between $1,200.00 and $3,999.00 while the less expensive Timneh is between $1,600.00 and $2,900.00.
If you’re lucky, some stores that sell these lovely pets at a huge discount, from a hefty price of $4,000.00, it is now down to $1,700.00.
Perhaps you are in awe of the price tag but the reason why these birds are so expensive is that the process of getting legal ownership of these parrots is expensive. Plus, the grey parrots are becoming rare due to the problems of poaching and loss of their natural habitat.
2. Amazon Parrots
These birds are native to the Amazon jungle that comes with a variety of subspecies. The average price is between $600.00 and $3,500.00. Here is a breakdown of the cost of the subspecies of Amazon parrots in 2021:
- Blue Fronted Amazon is between $2,200.00 and $3,600.00
- Lilac Crowned Amazon is moderately priced. You can find online stores that sell these birds at discounted prices-from $900.00 and now down to $700.00
- Orange Winged Amazon is from $600.00 to $900.00
- Red Lored Amazon is priced at $2,200.00. Some stores that offer huge discounts can be given below $1,000.00
- Yellow Naped Amazon price tag is from $2,000.00 to $3,000.00
- White-Fronted Amazon costs around $1,000.00 to as much as $3,000.00
- Double Yellow Headed Amazon has a commanding price of $1,500.00 to $3,500.00.
3. Cockatoo Parrots
The smaller ones are less expensive than the larger counterparts, but still, these parrots are not cheap. You have to prepare $800.00 to $3,000.00. In fact, there are Cockatoos that have a price tag of $10,000.00 depending on the bird’s mutation.
- You can get an Umbrella Cockatoo for a price of $6,000.00
- The Moluccan Cockatoo has a price of $8,000.00
- Do you want a Goffins Cockatoo? Then be ready to shell out between $1,000.00 and $3,200.00.
- Major Mitchell Cockatoo sells at $7,000.00
- The Rose Breasted Cockatoo is between $3,000.00 and $4,500.00
- The most expensive is the Palm Cockatoo which fetches a price of $16,000.00 to as high as $25,000.00. These birds are not easy to breed and are considered as endangered species, thus, they fetch a very steep price.
4. Eclectus Parrots
If you are looking for a parrot that can be easily distinguished if it is a male or a female, then the Eclectus is the parrot for you. The males are usually green while the females are red.
You can bring home a baby Eclectus for $2,500.00 while the adult’s price range is from $2,800.00 to $3,500.00.
The rare variety, Blue Solomon Island can be owned for $20,000.00.
5. Hawk Headed Parrots
A rare find, you can own one if you are willing to pay between $1,200.00 and $1,800.00.
These parrots are unique-looking because of their abilities to raise their feathers on the head and the nape so they’d look bigger and intimidating, pretty much like a hawk.
6. Macaw Parrots
Like the lovebirds, these birds, once they found a partner, will form a monogamous bond with each other. These parrots have strong beaks and depending on the subspecies, hybrid, and coloration, be ready to pay for a very steep price.
The Hyacinth Macaw, for instance, is a very expensive bird. Are you willing to pay an average of $25,000.00? This is one of the most expensive animals in the world. Its number is declining with an average of 10,000 birds being taken away from the wild for illegal trade.
- Blue and Gold Macaw costs between $1,200.00 and $1,500.00.
- Harlequin Macaw’s price is between $1,200.00 and $3,500.00.
- The average price for a Scarlet Macaw is $2,500.00.
- The Hybrid Macaw is sold from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00.
The more affordable are the smaller Macaws which you can get for as low as $700.00 but some fetch a higher price of about $1,000.00.
Price of Medium-sized Parrots:
1. Conure Parrots
These are active and medium-sized parrots that are not as expensive, you can bring home a Conure parrot for less than $1,000.00.
The appearance of the bird is the one that primarily dictates the price. Those with bright and fancy feathers are pricier than those with odd markings. Let’s look at the different types of Conures and how much do they cost:
- The average price tag of the Green Cheek Conure is $500.00.
- The Sun Conure can be yours for $500.00
- The Black Cap Conure is between $400.00 and $650.00
- The Crimson Bellied Conure at $600.00 to $800.00
- The Gold Capped Conure can be bought for $950.00
- The Jenday Conure is anywhere from $550.00 to $750.00
- The Red Fronted Conure price is $795.00
2. Lorikeet Parrots
The Rainbow varieties fetch a price of $400.00 to $800.00 while the Swainson Lories are more expensive, the average price is $1,000.00.
3. Quaker or Monk Parrots
These are the only parrots that utilize sticks to build their nests. You can have them for $500.00 or a bit more.
Price of Small-sized Parrots:
1. The Parakeets
- The Budgerigars or Budgies are small parrots and are perfect for those who love to care for a bird but with a limited budget. Actually, these are the most affordable species of parrots in the world. You can have each of them for a price of $25.00 to $200.00.
- Monk Parakeet’s price range from $125.00 to up to $450.00.
- Grass Scarlet Chested (Splendid) can be purchased for $375.00.
- Lineolated Parakeet is sold at $470.00.
- Indian Ringneck Parakeet’s average price is $700.00 but some can fly up high up to $1,200.00.
- Plum-headed Parakeet can be yours for $850.00.
- Quaker Parakeet’s average price is $600.00.
- Bourke’s Parakeet is between $125.00 and $450.00.
- Moustached Parakeet is expensive. The average price tag is $1,900.00.
- African Ringneck’s average price is $450.00.
- Rosella Golden Manteled Parakeet can be bought for $450.00.
2. Caique Parrots
The White Bellied Caique is more expensive than the Black Headed. On average, it is priced at $1,700.00 while the black can be bought at $1,500.00.
3. Cockatiel Parrots
You can bring home any of the subspecies at a cost between $120.00 and $400.00.
Here is a shortlist of the subspecies of Cockatiel:
- Yellow Cockatiel or Lutino sells between $150.00 and $250.00.
- Albino Cockatiel can be bought from $200.00 to $300.00.
- Pearl Cockatiel’s price range is between $150.00 and $200.00.
- Pied Cockatiel going rate starts at $110.00.
- Cinnamon Cockatiel is around $130.00 or a bit higher.
- Black Palm Cockatoo is one of the most expensive at $25,000.00.
These are small parrots that come in varying colors and they are monogamous. Hence, we recommend that you get a pair. Each bird’s price range goes between $75.00 and $200.00.
These are sociable parrots that are good for those who have a budget. You can choose between the Celestial and the Green Rump Parrotlet, both of which have a price range of $300.00 up to $700.00.
The Upkeep Expenses of Caring for a Parrot
Now that you already have a general idea as to how much the cost of a parrot is, the next thing you have to think about is the expenses that come with bringing home a lovely bird. Here’s a list of the one-time and the monthly upkeep of a parrot:
1. Initial Vet Check-up
It is standard practice for all pet lovers to have their pets evaluated by a vet. Apart from health check-ups, additional services include microchipping and gender testing too. Basically, the initial avian check-up could cost you between $50.00 and $200.00.
For a medium-sized parrot like a Conure, you’d be spending an average of $250.00. But if what you will get is the larger one, get that wallet of yours ready because a good-sized cage for an Amazon or an African Grey should be a thousand or even more.
3. Toys and Accessories
A parrot bird needs some toys for mental and physical stimulation. Keep in mind that parrots can be destructive, that said, toys are part of your on-going expenses. Toys could anywhere from $5.00 to $100.00.
What about play gyms and tee-stands? Depends on your budget, you can find these accessories for as low as $100.00 and as high as $1,000.00.
4. Food and Treats
For the large parrots, expect to spend an average of $15.00 to $20.00 on seed mix. For medium-sized parrots, it should be $10.00 to $15.00 per month.
Aside from the seed mix, you also have to provide your avian pet some pellets, which is around $20.00 to $30.00 for large parrots like the Amazons.
In the wild, parrots eat fresh fruits so you also have to nourish your parrot’s body with fresh veggies and fruits. This should around $30.00 to $40.00 for the big ones every month.
5. Pet Insurance
We highly recommend that you get pet insurance for your avian pet. On average, it will be in the range of $5.00 to $30.00 every month. This medical insurance covers accidents, injuries, and illnesses. However, annual vet visits are not covered.
6. Miscellaneous Expenses:
- If you and your loved ones travel a lot and there’s no one to care for your avian pet, you would have to allot money for vacation boarding. It is more expensive for the larger parrots, $250.00 and $100.00 for the small parrots for a ten-day stay.
- Cleaning supplies to keep the birdcage nice and clean.
- Did you know that parrots also need to have some pampering? Beak and nail trimmers are parts of the essentials. If you can’t do it, take the bird to a grooming specialist.
As an exotic pet owner, some household changes are necessary. One of those is a window screen installation so each time your parrot is out of the cage, you don’t have to worry that it will escape from the windows.
In conclusion, now you have it-the varying prices of parrots based on the species and subspecies. The cost of buying a parrot for a pet is no laughing matter. It now depends on you on what size of bird you want to own and how much budget you are willing to shell-out in order to have a pet that will happily sing a tune for you every day.