How Much Does a Cockatoo Cost?
The Cockatoo is known to form strong bonds with their owner and is therefore a great companion to many. The cockatoo is a very smart bird that is capable of doing many tricks and following commands. The price of a cockatoo can vary depending upon the type of bird, its age, rarity, documentation, size, as well as other various factors.
How much is it?
- Because there are so many different species of the cockatoo, the price is going to have a rather large range. One of the main factors is how rare the species is. On average, the price can range anywhere from as little as $700 to as much as $15,000. For most average purchases, plan on budgeting around $800 to $3,000.
- For example, the Sulphor Crested Cockatoo can cost $500 to $1,200. The Blue Eyed Cockatoo, on the other hand, can cost as much as $8,500 to as much as $12,000.
- A popular bird such as the Goffin can cost $700 to $1,200.
- On the website BusyBird.com, they claim that the average Cockatoo can cost anywhere from $400 to as much as $30,000.
- The TradingPost.com.au has a handful of birds up for sale at the moment. Most of the prices in their classified ads range from $1,200 to $3,000.
What are the extra costs?
- Cockatoos are different than most birds that you raise in a home. For instance, the price of their bird toys and food can cost as much as $125 per month, making them one of the most expensive birds to raise. In terms of food, make sure that you offer a lot of varieties. These birds love to eat seeds, pellets, vegetables and different fruits.
- Since these birds are used to being in flocks, it would be great if you are able to have more than one bird in the house. This, however, will cost you twice as much, which is the reason that most people only have one.
- A Cockatoo will require a roomy cage and a perch on which it can sit. When budgeting for a cage, plan on spending at least $450 to $1,400. Generally, the larger the cage, the happier your bird will be.
- Do not forget about the necessary vet bills. You may have a hard time finding a specialized vet to care for this bird, and because of this, the costs will be more than the costs for the average pet.
- When you go away for vacation, it is important to think about a sitter. These birds cannot stay alone for more than a few hours. Again, it could be hard to find someone to watch this bird. You may even need someone to check in on the bird once a day while you are at work.
What is going to be included?
- There are currently 17 different types of Cockatoo species. The largest of the species is the Goliath Palm, while the smallest is the Goffin. BirdTricks.com breaks down the species.
- Most Cockatoos will range from 12 to 27 inches.
Tips to know:
- The typical lifespan of a Cockatoo can be as long as 65 years!
- No matter what type of species you plan on adopting, every single one will need attention throughout the majority of the day. Never leave your parrot home for more than a few hours because they can stress out easily and cause stressful situations for the owner. Because of how active they are, they will require a lot of time outside of the cage.
- If you cannot give a lot of attention to these types of birds, it is probably best that you choose another type of bird or a completely different pet. These birds crave a lot of attention since they are flock birds and are used to being in groups.
- These birds love to chew. If you keep your bird outside of the home, make sure that you pay close attention because they tend to chew on just about anything in the house.
- Out of most parrots that people keep as pets, the Cockatoo tends to be the loudest around. If you cannot stand loud noises for long increments throughout the day, it is probably best to consider another bird.
- These birds generally do not do well with younger children.
How can I save money?
- Do not be cheap with a breeder. Breeders that sell this type of bird for a lower price can often raise birds that are either unweaned or untrained. An untrained Cockatoo can often be very hard to raise, especially as it grows older. You will find that when you purchase a bird that is already trained, it will be well worth the investment.
- Be very careful when you adopt a Cockatoo from a local shelter. If you do find one from a shelter, be sure to find out as much as you can about its past. What you might find is that some breeders may have neglected the bird due to behavioral problems.