How Much Does a Conure Parrot Cost?

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The Conure breed, deemed as the clowns of the parrot world, is a common choice for bird lovers.  Aside from the fact that these types of birds have personalities that are ideal to keep as a pet, they are colorful and lovely creatures that can offer years of enjoyment.  These types of birds are usually compact with long tail feathers and are small with extremely strong beaks.  Popular species include the maroon belly, peach front and green cheek.

Conure by Moosh Be, on Flickr
Conure” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  Moosh Be

How much does a pet conure parrot cost?

Since there are different species of the Conure, the prices can vary.  According to, the price range can be anywhere from $75 to a thousand or so for a larger and rarer genus.  Refer to our table below to see what most popular species can cost.

The Sun Conure, commonly known as the Sun Parakeet, for example, is one of the common species of Conures that can be found at most pet stores.  According to, the cost of a Sun Conure can cost anywhere from $200 to $800.

PetSmart, for example, sells a few Conure species, ranging anywhere from $350 for a Green Cheek to as much as $600 for a Fancy Conure.

SpeciesAverage Price
Black Cap$400 to $550
Blue Crown$600 to $800
Brown Throat$400 to $600
Cherry Head$550 to $750
Crimson Bellied$400 to $550
Dusky$300 to $400
Gold Capped$225 to $500
Green Cheek$250 to $350
Half Moon$300 to $450
Jenday$325 to $500
Mitred$800 to $1,200
Nanday$350 to $500
Peach Front$400 to $525
Pearly$300 to $500
Sun$300 to $500

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders, at a minimum, should include a fully weaned bird, meaning it can now eat on its own.  They should also include a vet checkup, any registration paperwork and a written health guarantee.

What are the extra costs?

When starting for the first time, a cage, at least  24″W x 24″D x 30″H with strong metal bars is highly recommended, and the larger this cage can be, the better it will be for your bird.  This cage should have multiple perches to sit on, along with a metal grate with a substrate to prevent the bird from accessing its droppings.  You should also include many foraging toys as this can provide your bird with the mental stimulation it needs to be active throughout the day.  When the toys, dishes and perches begin to look worn, plan on replacing in the future.   Be sure this cage stays within a comfortable range, which is usually inside the 65 to 80-degree Fahrenheit range.

Its diet will consist of specialized pellets, which will make up 70 percent of its diet, along with small amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Depending on which brand and how much you feed, the average cost to feed a conure will be less than $20 per month.  Experts warn, however, to never feed a conure any avocado, chocolate, caffeine or fruit seeds.  It’s also best to avoid any high fat treats and anything loaded with sugar.

Conures do very well with other Conure birds, and it’s highly recommended you purchase multiple birds to keep them company when you’re unable to keep them entertained.  If you plan on adopting more than one bird, then it’s wise to budget for each additional bird you want to purchase.  However, when considering an additional bird, be sure to stick to the same species to avoid conflicts.

Tips to know:

The average adult, regardless of the species, can range anywhere from nine to 12 inches from head to the end of the tail.

Most Conures typically have a life expectancy of 15 to 25 years.

Conures are known to be very active, and they like to play, explore and chew.  Try to include as many toys as possible.

With a little training, Conures can easily be trained to do tricks.

As with other parrots, Conures are considered to be social birds.  This means that they are required to have daily interaction with their social group.  If not, they will at least need to have some type of daily entertainment to keep their attention.  If not provided by their owners, the birds may develop behavioral problems which may spring from their boredom, leading to destruction and feather plucking.

Common health issues, according to Petco, may include chlamydiosis, diarrhea, feather plucking and/or the polyomavirus.

When adopting, pay close attention to healthy signs.  This will include an active-looking bird, dry eyes, a normal appearance, a clean vent and smooth feathers.  Red flags to avoid will include a swollen beak, plucked feathers, coughing sounds, runny stools, eye discharge or swollen eyes.

If you’re unsure which Conure you want, recommends a green-cheeked conure because they tend to be one of the quietest species.

How can I save money?

Highly consider adopting a bird at a local rescue or try to find a previous bird owner online who may be getting rid of an older bird.  This is a great way to offer a bird a forever home and could even land you a few starter supplies since most owners get rid of everything at once.

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Average Reported Cost: $387.5

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Petco (Warminister,  Pennsylvania) paid $550 and said:

    I’m not sure if I paid too much because someone else told me their sun conure was cheaper.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Private Breeder (Glasgow,  Kentucky) paid $225 and said:

    Green cheek conure

    Was it worth it? Yes

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