How Much Does a Cockatiel Cost?
The Cockatiel is known to be the number one bird in America. This bird is known for its talented whistles, and males, in particular, are known for their whistle serenades, which is often directed toward the people he or she loves to be around. When not whistling or pecking at their reflection in the mirror, these birds love to forage for food, play around in the cage and snuggle on a shoulder.
How much is it?
- Since there are so many varieties of cockatiel, the price can be all over the place. The cost of a Cockatiel will depend on the age, quality, type and where it’s being purchased from. Plan on spending anywhere from $25 to as much as $150 or more for this type of bird. This is not going to include the necessary start up items to properly take care of your bird.
- For instance, a Normal Grey Cockatiel can retail for $60 to $80, while a Cinnamon Cockatiel can range from $75 to $95.
- Higher end Albino Cockatiels, for example, can cost as much as $140.
- WindyCityAviary.com has a few cockatiels available for purchase. According to their website, the prices range anywhere from $50 to as much as $120. As noted above, the Normal Gray sells for $50, while the Fallow sells for $120.
What is going to be included?
- A Cocktiel can come in many different colors. Common colors can include a grey body with a yellow face and orange cheeks. In the males, the colors on the face tend to be brighter, while the females tend to have a bar of colors underneath their feathers.
- Only a male Cocktiel will talk. If you want to have a lot of whistling and mimicking of your voice, a male would be recommended.
What are the extra costs?
- A Cockatiel does wonderful with other birds of its caliber. While they can roam alone, most tend to do a lot better with company. With that being said, try your best to have a few birds in the same cage.
- Since these birds are active, it is recommended that you give them a cage a larger cage in which they can roam freely. Most recommend that you purchase a cage that is at least 20 by 20 inches and at least 25 inches tall. A good bird cage starts at $70 and can go up from there. Make sure that the cage has a few different levels where they can sit and relax.
- A Cockatiel will eat a variety of foods. As part of a healthy diet, it is recommended that you feed them seeds and pellets in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables. It is not uncommon to see these birds eat hard boiled eggs and meats. Every bird will be different, and, just like people, each bird may like different foods. Plan on budgeting around $15 to $35 per bird, per month for food.
- Other accessories can include your toys, supplements and water bowls for the cage.
- With any animal, do not forget to factor in those vet visits in case something happens.
- If you do want to buy your bird online, you will have to more than likely pay shipping fees. Plan on spending around $25 to have your bird shipped within the United States.
Tips to know:
- Always try to choose a bird that has been fed as a baby by hand. Hand fed birds tend to cost more, but what many will tell you is that it is worth it. These birds will already be very used to humans and will have an easier time adjusting.
- Try to spot a bird that is extremely active and attentive. This a great sign that the bird is healthy.
- If you can feel the bird, try to stroke his/her feathers and look for a smooth feel. A shiny and smooth coat is a good sign of a healthy bird.
- This type of bird can live up to 20 years if taken care of properly.
- WikiHow.com has a nice step-by-step guide how to care for your bird.
- It may take you a few weeks to determine what foods your bird does and does not like. Food may cost you more at the beginning since you are experimenting, but once you figure out the bird’s taste, your food costs will go down.
Questions to ask a breeder:
- What did you feed this bird?
- Did you feed it by hand?
- Are they hand tamed by chance?
- How many do you raise at once?
- Do you screen your buyers? — Make sure that they screen!
- Do you offer support once I take them home?
- Do you have a vet that you can recommend?
How can I save money?
- There is a good chance that there are many breeders and pet stores sell this kind of bird in your area. Since it is best to examine these birds up close, it does not hurt to call up and look at some local stores in your area. By looking at three to five, it should give you a good idea on what you should budget. You will also get to see the different colors and see which you like best.