The price of a cockatoo will vary quite a bit regionally. There are many varieties of cockatoos and their price can wildly differ.
The different species of cockatoos are the Goffin’s Cockatoo, Umbrella Cockatoo, Moluccan Cockatoo, the Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Greater Sulphur Crested and Triton), the Galah or Rose Breasted Cockatoo, the Bare Eyed Cockatoo, Ducorp’s Cockatoo, Red Vented Cockatoo, Leadbeater’s Cockatoo, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Blue Eyed Cockatoos, Black Cockatoos, Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, and Palm Cockatoo or Goliath Palm.
The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo comes in 4 varieties (Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eleonora Cockatoos, Medium Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, and Triton Cockatoos; they are all of the same species, but form different subspecies.
The size of these birds will vary, as will the personality and talking ability, generally, the Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, the largest within the species, is the most expensive of the “Sulphurs”.
Just like the Lessor Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo can range in price from $500 to $1,000, with the most expensive price being that charged at a pet store, while the lower range (somewhere between $500 and $800) is the common fee charged by most breeders.
In order to better understand where the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is situated as far as price goes, when compared to other cockatoos, it is somewhat of a middle-range cockatoo.
While Goffin’s Cockatoo can sell for $400 (or even less), a Blue Eyed Cockatoo may sell for $10,000, and a Black Cockatoo or Red Tailed Black Cockatoo can sell for even more. The prices greatly vary and are dependent on rarity, size, quality, origin, documentation, and more.
One very sad note about the Cockatoo is that it is ranked among the top bird that is re – sold as an adult or relinquished when its demanding personality and loud screeches to voice its demands, are deemed as irreconcilable differences from its human partner or partners.
A parrot such as a cockatoo becomes very attached to its human companion and simply asks for more attention in a very loud voice. If its demands go without a response, it will simply screech even louder.
A person who has not yet brought a Cockatoo home, but is considering acquiring one, should be honest about the commitment in daily time and in future years he or she is willing to give. A Cockatoo may live to be 40 or 60 years old, and if you are unwilling to spend time with this loving, yet demanding bird, then it is best to reconsider.
Rose-Breasted Cockatoo Price
Take note of special dietary requirements, and its ground-feeding nature, and read everything you can to prepare for it before you get one home. The current price for a rose-breasted cockatoo seems to be around $1,600. With all the peripheral costs (toys, cage, vet, food, supplements, and so on), a few hundred one way or the other shouldn’t be a critical factor in where you buy. Just be sure the background is right.