The 5 Cheapest Parrots And The Annual Costs

The common idea that parrots can be very expensive is somehow true, and it actually depends on many factors that might be existing in a specific area and be absent in another area.

For example, if you are living in the states and you wanted to buy, let’s say, a macaw parrot, then expect to pay more than an individual living in Brazil. And this is because Brazil is the native place for most of the macaw parrots.

So, if you live closer to the natural habitat of a parrot, then you should be less money than the one who lives away from it.

Nonetheless, the distance is not always the reason for such high prices, and Why Are Parrots So Expensive? Is an article I’ve written answering this question.

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Most Expensive Parrots

The good news is that you can buy parrots for cheaper prices, and here is the list:

BreedExpected PriceApproximate Annual Costs
Budgies10-100 USD200 USD
Lovebirds25-1500 USD250 USD
Cockatiels80-250 USD250 USD
Quakers200-500 USD400 USD
Conures200-800 USD300 USD
Cheapest Parrots

5 Cheapest Parrots

Budgies

Budgie parrot is one of the easiest types of parrots to care for, and it’s the best choice for beginners and kids. And with proper training, the males of this breed can actually talk very loud and clear, and sometimes they can beat the African grey parrot in regard to clarity. This breed can live up to 15 years, so consider the lifetime costs before you buy.

Lovebirds

Lovebirds are also a good choice if you are on a budget. They can live up to 10-15 years, with annual costs as little as $150. This breed is not known to be good at talking, but they will amaze you with how playful and lovely they are, at least if they are well-trained and socialized.

Cockatiels

Cockatiels are one of the most popular parrot breeds, This breed is loyal and funny, and relatively easy to train, they can provide you with 14 years of entertainment and cuddles. However, it’s rare for this breed to talk, instead, they will whistle and sing their songs, and trust me it’s not annoying at all. If you are a beginner or on a budget, this breed can make a good choice.

Quakers

Quakers are the nasty little cute beasts that will annoy the hell out of you, this breed is one of the cheapest in regard to financial costs. However, they will require a lot of attention, social interaction, and basically brain stimulation.

This breed tends to bond with its owner, or at least their chosen one in big families. And once that happens, you will have the most of a quaker parrot’s love, cuddle, and playful time. They will make you feel that they own your butt.

This breed can get very territorial and aggressive and they are not the best for beginners.

If you are looking for a talking parrot on a budget, a quaker can make a good choice, though their speech’s clarity is not that good like budgies or African greys.

Conures

Conures are one of the lovely breeds that attract lovers with their colorful feathers and their lovely and beautiful behavior. They are playful, loyal, and funny.

Why Costs Varies drastically?

You may already noticed that the prices vary drastically within the same breed, and the reason for that is that there are some breeds that have different subtypes which could not be available or are rarer more than the other subtype.

For example, the lovebird’s breed has 9 subtypes, and these come with different coloration and rarity.

Other than that, some breeds can show desired mutations in coloration, and this happens mostly with budgies, Quakers, and lovebirds.
And you may see white budgie or blue Quaker.

Is There Any Hidden Costs?

The most important hidden cost is the medical care costs. You can find medical insurance for such small breeds that start from $10 to $50. However, there are limits for each company, type of insurance, etc.

Besides that, the costs mentioned above are mostly for the food, toys, and cleaning materials. These will be recurring annually. I excluded the one-time costs like a cage, supply bowls, cage blankets, perches, and any decoration you may want to use.

Cages and perches for such small breeds might cost 50-150 USD.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you can get a parrot for as low as $10, but to make the right calculation you should consider the annual costs, avian vet costs or insurance, and most important is the cage mate.

Yes, cage mates from the opposite sex are very important to get, at least if you have a 9-5 job, which is true in many cases. This time is very long, and lone parrots can suffer from loneliness that may lead them to depression and anxiety.

And yes, that’s about it, I hope you found this article informative and easy to digest. Thank you for reading…