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. And, if we may so, so expensive that these parrots are only reserved for the affluent individuals.
Factors like age, health, and rarity of the birds affect the cost of parrots. And, if you will buy the parrot from a trusted breeder (which we 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
These parrots come with a price tag of $800.00 to $3,600.00. There are two types of Greys, namely the Congo African Grey and the Timneh African Grey.
Perhaps you are at awe with the price tag but the reason why those 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 $500.00 and $2,500.00. Here is a breakdown of the cost of the subspecies of Amazon parrots:
- Blue Fronted Amazon is between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00
- Lilac Crowned Amazon is between $1,000.00 and $2,000.00
- Orange Winged Amazon is from $500.00 to $1,500.00
- Red Lored Amazon sells for $1,000.00 and $2,000.00
- Yellow Naped Amazon price tag is from $1,200.00 to $2,500.00
- Double Yellow Headed Amazon has a commanding price of $1,500.00 to $3,000.00
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 $1,000.00 to $3,000.00
- The Moluccan Cockatoo has a price of $1,400.00 to $3,500.00
- Do you want a Goffins Cockatoo? Then be ready to shell out between $1,000.00 and $3,000.00.
- The most expensive are Palm Cockatoos which fetch a price of $16,000.00. 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 and can be bought for $1,500.00.
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 $2,000.00 and $4,000.00.
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 $10,000.00? 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 around $700.00 and $2,500.00
- Harlequin Macaw is from $1,200.00 to $3,500.00
Price of Medium-sized Parrots:
1. Conure Parrots
These are active and medium-sized parrots that are not as expensive. Most of these parrots cost lower than $500.00. But, there are rare varieties fetch a higher price.
2. Lorikeet Parrots
The Rainbow varieties fetch a price of $400.00 to $800.00 while the Swainson Lories are more expensive which is from $800.00 to $1,200.00
3. Quaker or Monk Parrots
These are the only parrots that utilize sticks to build their nests. You can have them for $450.00.
Price of Small-sized Parrots:
1. The Budgies
These small parrots are perfect for those who love care for a bird but with a limited budget. Actually, these are the most affordable species of parrots in the world. You can have them for a price of $15.00 to $100.00.
2. Caique Parrots
These lovely birds have a price tag of $900.00 to $2,000.00. The White Bellied Caique is more expensive than the Black Headed.
3. Cockatiel Parrots
You can bring home any of the subspecies at a cost between $50.00 and $275.00. The smallest one which is known as the Tiels has varying price tags as dictated by the color mutation. The yellow and the white birds with orange cheeks are more affordable than the Lutino Cockatiel.
Here is a shortlist of the subspecies of Cockatiel:
- Blue Cockatiel
- Albino Cockatiel
- Pearl Cockatiel
- Pied Cockatiel
These are small parrots that come in varying colors. These birds are monogamous, hence, we recommend that you get a pair. Each bird’s price range goes between $50.00 and $200.00.
These are sociable parrots that are good for those who have a budget. The asking price is an average of $250.00.
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.