Rosellas (Platycerus) are medium-sized parrots that cost about $300 – $600. You’ll also need to meet any cage setup costs and ongoing monthly expenses.
At face value, Rosellas are cheaper to buy than most parrots. However, the cage set-up cost is $385 – $555, and ongoing costs are upwards of $29 per month.
If your home is cold or drafty, you may need more central heating to keep a Rosella warm. Rosellas also need regular sunlight or a quality UVA/B lamp.
Price of Different Rosella Parrots
When buying a Rosella from a breeder, expect to pay at least $300 per parrot (male or female).
It’s usually cheaper to buy a baby parrot (chick). By the time the parrot has reached 18 months old (sexual maturity), the cost has risen by $100 or more.
|Type of Rosella||Approximate Cost for 1 Rosella|
(Age 4-12 months)
|Approximate Cost for 1 Rosella|
(Age 1-5 years)
|Eastern Rosella||$300 – 400||$400 – 500|
|Western Rosella||$300 – 400||$400 – 500|
|Crimson Rosella||$300 – 400||$400 – 500|
|Green Rosella||$400 – 500||$500 – 600|
|Pale-headed Rosella||$400 – 500||$500 – 600|
|Northern Rosella||$400 – 500||$500 – 600|
Eastern Rosellas (Golden Mantles) and Crimsons are the most common and least expensive.
Green Rosellas are bigger parrots and are more expensive, whereas Pale-headed and Northern Rosellas are rarely bred and command a higher price tag.
Should I Buy a Pair of Rosellas?
You can expect a slight discount if you buy a pair of Rosellas. For example, single Rosellas costing $400 each might be sold for $700-750 when taken as a bonded pair.
If you plan to breed Rosellas at some point, buying a bonded pair is a good option.
It’s better to buy the bonded pair after they’ve reached sexual maturity (2 years), as breeders are more experienced in facilitating the right environment for bonded pairs to develop.
According to Northern Parrots, it can be difficult for hand-reared Rosellas to transition into “breeding parrots.” So, if you get a single Rosella at a young age and hand rear it, it may be difficult to transition it to a breeding parrot later.
Cheaper Ways to Buy a Rosella Parrot
Although not the most expensive of parrots, Rosellas can still set you back up to $600 when purchased from a breeder.
So, it’s worth considering less expensive ways of buying a Rosella parrot. Adopting a parrot from a shelter is one way to cut down the costs of owning a parrot.
Most shelters will charge an adoption fee of around $50- $150 for a Rosella, which is much cheaper than buying directly from a breeder. Most rescue parrots will also have had recent veterinary check-ups.
Some parrots from shelters may have additional behavioral/health needs you’d need to budget for.
Cage Setup Costs
For a single Rosella parrot living alone, expect the cage set-up costs to be $385 – $555. If you’re planning to keep a pair of Rosellas, expect to pay $630 – 705 for the cage set-up.
You’d need to make this basic investment to safely bring your Rosella(s) home. It doesn’t include ongoing costs like food, entertainment, health coverage, etc.
|Item||Cost (Single Rosella)||Cost (Pair of Rosellas)||Details|
|Travel Cage||$40||$60||You’ll need a basic travel cage to bring your Rosella(s) home/visit the vet safely.|
|Cage||$250-$400||$400||A single Rosella needs a cage at least 24 x 24 x 30 inches. For pairs, aim for 48 inches wide, and the bars should be no wider than ½ inch.|
|Cage Liner||$0-$5||$0-$5||You can use newspaper or paper towels, as per VCA Hospitals, or specialist liners. Keep the cage floor clean, as Rosellas often dwell on the ground.|
|Cage Cover||$25||$50||Helpful for creating darkness/calming the parrot.|
|Perches||$40 – 60||$60 – 100||Several perches are needed, especially for active Rosellas. According to Birdsinbackyards, eucalyptus wood (Gum Tree) is particularly enjoyed by Rosellas.|
|Food/Drink Bowls||$15-25||$30-50||If housing a pair, they must have their own bowls.|
|Bath||$15 – 20||$30 – 40||According to Lafeber, Rosellas love bathing, so you must provide a bath.|
|TOTAL||$385-555||$630 – 705|
Although the initial investment in cage liners isn’t expensive, this is an “ongoing” cost because you’ll need to change the cage liner regularly.
This is especially important when caring for Rosellas because, according to TandFOnline, Rosellas are susceptible to beak and feather disease virus infection.
Keeping your parrot’s cage clean is one important way to prevent this disease.
Although not strictly part of the ‘cage,’ there are additional tools like Nail Scissors you should purchase. These cost around $15 and will allow you to do nail clipping at home.
That said, some parrot owners prefer to have their Rosella’s nails clipped by the vet.
Ongoing Expenses (Monthly)
On average, expect to spend about $29 on a Rosella monthly. However, this could rise as high as $113 if you opt for a more comprehensive health insurance or extra toys.
|Expenses||Approx cost for 1 Rosella||Details|
|Food||$15-20||Feed the Rosella a high-quality seed/pellet mix and fresh fruits/veggies (parrot-safe).|
|Treats||$2-8||Apples, pears, plums, and nectarines are natural “treats” Rosellas would come across in the wild, according to CSIRO.|
|Toys / New Perches||$5-25||Rosellas are intelligent and active, so toys are crucial for their well-being.|
|Cleaning Supplies||$0-10||Get good-quality, bird-safe cleaning products to help prevent common parrot diseases.|
|Insurance||$7-30||Cheaper insurance policies cover treatment, whereas the more expensive policies include regular check-ups.|
|Additional Medical costs||$0-20||Medicinal needs.|
|TOTAL||$29 – 113|
The money you spend on a Rosella will vary each month. You might buy food and cleaning products in bulk, then go a month or two without replenishing them.
Nevertheless, you should be able to spare at least $29 monthly to care for the parrot.
Rosella parrots prefer the temperature to be 64-75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius).
They can tolerate lower temperatures, down to 40F (4 Celsius), but not for extended periods. If your house is cold and drafty, you’ll need to turn up the heating, and this will, of course, cost money.
You can also purchase a pet thermometer for about $15 to check the temperature of the parrot’s cage.
Rosellas hail from Australia, so they’re used to bright sunshine. Sunlight is important for parrot health because it helps them to absorb vitamin D3.
If you can safely let a Rosella out in the sun for 15 minutes daily, you may not need a UVA/B light (sun through the windows doesn’t count).
However, if the parrot can’t access natural sunlight, you may need to get a specialist lamp. A good-quality, parrot-safe UVA/B light costs in the region of $60-80. You should also budget for the additional electricity needed to run it.
Supplementing a Rosella’s diet with vitamin D3 is another way to enhance its vitamin D intake, but some vets say that this isn’t a true replacement for natural sunlight (or a UVA/B lamp).
If you like to travel or spend time away from home, you’ll need to consider who’ll care for your pet when you’re gone.
If you don’t have a family to help, it’s important to budget for pet-sitting duties. Rosellas can be quite nervy, so it’s best to choose a pet sitter who is confident and knowledgeable about parrots.
Things to Consider Before Getting a Rosella Parrot
Rosella parrots are relatively easy to care for, partly because they’re more self-sufficient than other parrots. They rarely become clingy and can entertain themselves for stretches of the day if given toys.
That said, there are some things to consider before getting a pet Rosella parrot:
- Don’t mix well – According to Barriervets, although Rosellas can live in pairs, they don’t mix well with other parrots. Rosellas can be aggressive toward some birds, especially ring-necked parakeets.
- Water can get everywhere – Rosellas (especially Crimsons) love to bathe, so get a good bath and clean this regularly. Keep the Rosella’s clean space to prevent beak and feather disease virus.
- Need exercise – Although shyer than popular parrots like African greys, Rosellas are active and need regular exercise. That’s why they should be let into a parrot-safe room once a day to fly around.
- Don’t usually talk – Rosellas are one of the least talkative parrots, so if you’re looking for a chatty mate, you might be disappointed. Many Rosellas do, however, enjoy playing.
- Hard to breed – You should avoid breeding Rosellas unless you have lots of experience in this area or buy a bonded pair. It can be difficult for Rosellas to transition into breeding later in life if they’ve been hand-reared and treated very much like a pet.
- Quiet house – Rosellas prefer a quiet environment, especially as they wind down for the evening. Choosing a more social parrot might be better if you have a busy household.
Be prepared for the “additional costs” a Rosella might bring you. If the outside temperature suddenly dips, you may need to increase the central heating, which could add quite a few dollars to your bills.
Moreover, Rosellas can become frustrated when sun-deprived, so to prevent feather-picking behavior, you may need to run a good-quality UVA/B lamp.