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How Much Does a Pet Bird Cost?

 
low costLow: $10-$35average costMedium: $40-$95high costHigh: $450+
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Birds are chosen for their song, beauty and how they interact with people. The better-bred singers, or those with more colorful feathers or interactive personalities command the highest prices.

Typical costs:

  • Male canaries[1] , found in red, rose, white, bright or pale yellow, are popular singing birds and run $45-$125. Females don't sing and cost $40-$95. Canaries with unusual colors or that sing particular well can run up to $190.
  • Also singers, finches[2] have bright colors that nearly span the rainbow including yellow, green, brown and red. The more common colored species cost $10-$35.
  • Parakeets are brightly colored[3] members of the parrot family with red, green, blue, orange, yellow or purple feathers. They interact well with people, are natural acrobats and live around 10 years. Prices start around $20, but brilliant-colored parakeets can run to $275.
  • There are 350 different species of parrots. Prices vary greatly on these colorful, noisy and sociable birds. Macaws[4] run $450-$800 and also are found in many bold colors[5] . Common African Grays can live 50-60 years and cost $230-$850 each.
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What should be included:
  • A health certificate should be included.
Additional costs:
  • Cages should be limited to a single species per cage. Canaries require a cage large enough to fly, because they do not climb like parakeets. Small indoor table top cages designed to hold up to two small birds start at $75 and climb to around $250 for a unit that rests on a wheeled bottom and includes a bird play area on top[6] . Designer stainless steel cages that hold Macaws and African Grays can run $900-$1,700.
  • Feed costs about $50 per year for small breeds.
  • Those wanting to create an aviary--a large outdoor structure used to house many birds together--find that finches and canaries live well together in the large units. A small aviary costs $500-$1,000. Large aviaries can cost tens of thousands depending on the architecture and materials used.
Shopping for a pet bird:
  • The Avian Welfare Resource Center[7] provides an online list by state of bird rescue groups.
  • Petsmart.com offers a variety of birds that varies from store to store. Find a local Petsmart with their online locator[8] , then call ahead to verify selection and availability.
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Posted by: a user in buffalo, NY.Posted: January 4th, 2010 09:01AM
These prices are pretty out of whack with what I see in pet stores. I've never seen an African Grey in a pet store for $230! Ever. Most are at minimum $600-800, and more commonly I seem them priced at $900-1100.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.geocities.com/canary_fanciers/ACFA/types.html
  2.  www.birdsource.org/gbbc/learning/trickyIDs/redfinches.html
  3.  www.birdsplace.com/html/available_parakeets.htm
  4.  www.belizezoo.org/
  5.  www.hyacinthmacaw.org/macawphotogallery.htm
  6.  www.bird-supplies.net/bird-cages-1.htm
  7.  www.avianwelfare.org/links/organizations.htm
  8.  stores.petsmart.com/
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