The Real Cost of Owning a Parrot

As a nonprofit organization dedicated to parrot rescue and rehoming, we’re often asked, “how much does a parrot cost?” or “how much do parrots cost in total?” These questions, while seemingly simple, open up a much larger discussion about the cost of a parrot, both in monetary terms and in the requirements for adequate care and attention. Unfortunately, both of these aspects are often overlooked by prospective pet owners when they fall in love with a parrot. In this article, we’ll share valuable information about the real cost of owning a parrot as a pet.

Parrot Cost: The Initial Investment

When considering parrot ownership, it’s crucial to understand the upfront cost of a parrot. Buying a parrot can range anywhere from $35 to several thousand dollars depending on the species (there are nearly 400!). Larger, more exotic species such as macaws or cockatoos often come with a higher price tag (usually a couple of thousand dollars). However, the purchase price is just the beginning of understanding how much a parrot costs. Let’s look at the other expenses associated with owning a parrot.

A Breakdown of the Cost of Parrot Ownership

Housing and Environment

Parrots need a spacious and sturdy cage, which can range from $100 to over $1,000. Additionally, your feathered friend will appreciate some toys, perches, and hiding spots within their cage. The total cost for these items can range from $50-$200 initially and $30-$50 for replacements each month.


Parrots thrive on a varied diet of high-quality pellets, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Depending on the size and species of your parrot, you can expect to spend between $20-$60 per month on food.

Vet Care

Routine veterinary care is a must for any pet, and parrots are no exception. An annual checkup — which includes routine blood work — can range from $100-$200. It’s important to factor in possible emergency care as well, which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Time and Attention

While not a monetary cost, the significant time and attention parrots require cannot be overlooked. Parrots are highly social creatures that need several hours of interaction each day. Failing to provide this can lead to behavioral problems and health issues.

The Lifetime Cost of Owning a Parrot

Over the course of a parrot’s life — which can be anywhere from 20 to 80 years depending on the species — the cost of a parrot can range from $5,000 to $30,000 or more. This estimation takes into account food, housing, toys, and regular vet care, but excludes any potential emergency medical expenses. As mentioned earlier, the exact price will depend on many different variables, including which species of parrot you buy (or better, adopt!), how many total birds you own, and more.

The Emotional Cost of Parrot Ownership

Parrot ownership is a major commitment. The bond between a parrot and its owner is deep and profound, but it requires a lot of work. Parrots are intelligent and emotionally complex creatures that require mental stimulation, social interaction, and a stable environment.

Parrots who don’t receive the care and attention they need can develop behavioral and health problems. The emotional toll of a neglected or misunderstood parrot is hard to quantify, but it’s a real cost that potential parrot owners must be prepared for.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

As a rescue organization, we encourage potential parrot owners to consider adoption. Not only can this reduce the cost of a parrot, but you’ll also be providing a loving home to a bird in need.

The cost of a parrot goes beyond the initial price tag. Owning one of these special birds also involves time, commitment, and a life-long responsibility. If you are truly ready for the joy and challenges that come with owning a parrot, we are here to support you every step of the way.
At Valleywide Parrot Rescue, our mission is to take in parrots and birds that are lost, losing their home, being neglected, or being abused. We rehabilitate them and then find them a new, loving, and caring forever home. We are a family-owned and operated rescue — this is not a store.

We believe that all birds need personalized environments in order to flourish, and we will come to you to rescue the birds. We operate and care for these birds in our own home and our parrots are encouraged to mingle with each other and are played with daily by our family. We will care for and nurture the birds until we find them a loving home. If you’re looking to rehome your pet bird or parrot, please reach out to us today! You can also learn more about what we do, support our crucial work with a donation, or check out more parrot-related content on our YouTube channel!

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Our Mission at Valleywide Parrot Rescue is to take in Parrots that are lost, loosing their home, being neglected, or being abused. We rehabilitate them and then find them a new, loving, and caring Forever Home.

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Chace Emmert
August 13, 2023

I called Valleywide about a month ago asking if I could surrender my green cheek conure. Sadly, they were not getting the attention they deserved. The owner so graciously was willing to take Luna in. This very morning , just shy of a month, they called me to let me know Luna has found a a forever home. I am so grateful for Valleywide taking care of my birdie when I was unable to do so. Thank you.

shrek Wazowski
July 31, 2023

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Susan Herrera
July 4, 2023

I found myself in a challenging situation with my African Grey after my husband passed away. I called Valleywide Parrot Rescue and Ben was at my house the same day. Not only did he and his mom take amazing care of her, they found her a wonderful new home within a few weeks. Thank you for everything you do!

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June 6, 2023

Ben and his mom were great, we've had an amazing experience, we recommend to go to them if you're looking to adopt a bird, Baby is doing great and Ben is of great help when we have questions s about Baby

Alison Fifer
June 5, 2023

This is a wonderful rescue! They are so kind and caring. We were first time bird adopters and Ben spent plenty of time educating us and helping us choose the perfect bird! We're so excited and in love with our new baby.

Melanie Hernandez
May 23, 2023

I was very happy with the male lovebird we got from Ben and was very pleased that he was knowledgeable about knowing how to tell the gender without a DNA test. His name is Diego and we already started training him on our shoulder 😀 Thank you Ben, we love him!

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May 21, 2023

They very reasonably priced and very friendly. They are also quite knowledgeable. The rescue is very clean and birds are very well taken care of. I will definitely stay in touch with them and would refer anyone to them.

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