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What Is The Price of Lovebirds?

Last Updated on January 28, 2024 by Carrie Stephens

Lovebirds are among the least expensive parrots to buy because they’re small birds that are easy to breed. A pet lovebird costs $100-1500, depending on its scarcity.

Few lovebirds cost anywhere close to $1500 – this price tag is reserved for the rarest types. The purchase price is based on the bird’s species, markings, age, gender, training, and personality.

Peach-faced, Fischer’s, and Black-cheeked lovebirds can be bought for $100-300 each.

You must budget $350 for the cage setup, with ongoing costs of about $460 annually. This covers the cost of food, toys, perches, bowls, vet care, pet insurance, and cleaning products.

How Much Lovebirds Cost

See the table below to see how much a lovebird costs:

SpeciesHow Common in Pet Industry?Cost
Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis)Common$100- 200
Fischer’s Lovebird (Agapornis fischeri)Common$150- 300
Black-cheeked Lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis)Common$200-300
Yellow-collared Lovebird (Agapornis personatus)Common$200 – 300  
Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta), also known as Abyssinian LovebirdUncommon$250 – 500
Grey-headed Lovebird or Madagascar Lovebird (Agapornis cana)Uncommon$250 – 500
Red-headed Lovebird (Agapornis pullarius)Uncommon$300 – 500
Black-collared Lovebird (Agapornis swindernianus)Rare$500 – 1000
Lilian’s Lovebird (Agapornis lilianae)Rare$500 – 1500

Price of Rare Lovebirds

The rarest lovebirds cost between $300 and $1500. According to ABE International, some lovebirds cost more than others because they’re harder to breed. These include:

  • Grey-headed Lovebirds.
  • Lilian’s Lovebirds.
  • Red-headed Lovebirds.

Black-collared lovebirds are seldom found in captivity as their diet comprises native figs. Well-trained albino lovebirds can also fetch a much higher price tag than regular lovebirds.

To buy a rare lovebird, contact the African Love Bird Society for a list of affiliated breeders.

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Cheapest Lovebird

The cheapest lovebirds are Peach-faced and Fischer’s lovebirds because they’re easier to breed. Another way to get a cheap lovebird is to adopt one from a bird sanctuary.

Most shelters request a donation or reduced fee (perhaps $50-100) when adopting a lovebird.

Some lovebirds end up in a bird sanctuary due to behavioral problems like biting. Ask about the bird’s history because many are just victims of changing circumstances, like a no-pets tenancy.

Cage Setup Cost

Before bringing a lovebird home, set its cage up. Here are the costs:

ItemCostDetails
Cage$120Minimum cage requirements are 24 x 24 x 24 inches, with no more than ½ inch space between the bars.
Cage Cover$25Lovebirds are very active; using a cage cover can help them to calm down at night.
Cage Liner$0-2050 sheets of cage liner cost around $20; you can also use newspaper and paper towels.
Travel Cage$25-30You will need this for transporting your lovebird.
Food/Drink Bowls$15Stainless steel is typically the easiest to keep clean.
Toys$25Toys will allow your lovebird to express its natural behavior and stay healthy.
Perches$202-3 natural wood perches are needed for your lovebird.
Bath$5According to MSPCA, buy a shallow bath for your lovebird or use an earthenware dish.
TOTAL$235-$260 

Cages

Buying a cage designed for lovebirds is recommended due to the dimensions. The distance between the bars should be a maximum of ½ inch.

According to the Center for Animal Rehab, a lovebird’s cage should be at least 24 x 24 x 24 inches to give it ample space to fly and explore. Also, it allows for more toys and enrichment.

The cage must be bigger if you plan to get a pair of lovebirds because parrots need territory.

Toys

Lovebirds are friendly and active, so they need many toys. The following toys are recommended:

  • Log ladders/climbing equipment.
  • Fruit holder (foraging toy).
  • Crinkled paper.
  • Wooden slats.
  • Foot toys (e.g., rattle).
  • Seagrass tent.

You can use sisal rope to build toys for lovebirds.

Budget $25 for toys and add to this haul regularly so the lovebird doesn’t get bored.

Perches

Choose a perch material that wears down the claws and minimizes the risk of foot conditions, like bumblefoot. Options include:

  • Natural Wood (Birch, Hazel) – Wears down and sharpen claws.
  • Seashell Wood Perch (around $8 per perch) contains natural minerals (like calcium) that are healthy for a lovebird to chew on and can wear down the claws.

Avoid plastic perches because they won’t keep a parrot’s claws in check.

Ongoing Expenses

Other costs you must meet include:

Food

Without a well-balanced diet, a lovebird may be more vulnerable to Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD), Egg binding, Adenovirus, and other health conditions.

According to TandFOnline, wild lovebirds eat seeds, leaves, plant fruits, and dung. Feeding a lovebird a mix of pellets, seeds, nuts, vegetables, and fruits in captivity is advisable.

It’ll cost $6-24 to feed a lovebird per month.

ItemCost per monthDetails
Lovebird pellet food$2-6Choose pellets formulated for lovebirds, as larger parrots have slightly different dietary requirements.
Seeds$2-6Look for one low in sunflower seeds and fortified with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Healthier seeds include safflower, buckwheat, and pumpkin seeds.
Veg/Plants $1-6Carrots, green peas, tomatoes, dandelion, parsley, watercress, broccoli (high in calcium), and kale.
Fruit$1-6Bananas, berries, watermelon, figs, plums.
Total per month$6-24 

Cleaning Supplies

Lovebirds are vulnerable to yeast infections (candidiasis) and certain bacterial infections.

Choose a non-toxic cleaner from a pet store (approximately. $5-10). You may also want to buy cleaning gloves ($2), cloth(s) ($5), and cage liners ($20 for 50 sheets).

Budget about $3-5 monthly on cleaning supplies or $36-60 annually.

Claw Care

Providing textured perches and foot toys keeps the nails at the right length. That said, the lovebird may still need its nails trimmed occasionally.

Nail clippers for lovebirds cost around $15. Asking a vet to show you how to trim the nails before you do so is recommended. Some people prefer getting a vet to trim the lovebird’s nails.

Healthcare Costs

The average check-up is $25-50, although some better pet care insurance policies include check-ups.

Monthly policies range from $5 to $30. If you decide not to get insurance, budget at least $250 per year toward the lovebird’s health costs.

Toys

Lovebirds love to play. Contrary to popular belief, lovebirds can live alone, but if you choose to have just one lovebird, you’ll need to give it more attention and toys.

Budget for at least 5 new toys a year, which will cost at least $25 if you want more challenging toys.

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Perches

If perches are made from rope, cut off unraveled areas because they could become a choking hazard.

A lovebird may grow accustomed to its sleeping perch, so you don’t necessarily need to switch it out unless it becomes badly damaged and worn.

Position a minimum of 3 perches at different levels to encourage the lovebird to fly, hop, and climb.

You should budget around $50 per year for perches.

Things To Consider Before Getting A Lovebird

Let’s assess the advantages and disadvantages of lovebirds as pets:

Pros:

Lovebirds are colorful and sweet-natured, but that doesn’t mean they suit everyone.

Cons:

  • A lovebird isn’t for you if you lack time due to commitments.
  • You must clean the cage regularly.
  • Vocalize near-constantly, but they aren’t good talkers.
  • Lovebirds live up to 25 years, making them a lengthy personal commitment.
  • Despite their sweet nature and appearance, they’re usually feistier than cockatiels and budgies. Females are more likely to experience cage aggression than males.
  • Lovebirds can become jealous and territorial.

Lovebirds make good pets for beginners, but they require more attention than budgerigars. Getting a pair of lovebirds will reduce the demands on your time.