Estimated Value: $12,000
Other Pet Expenses: cage and accessories ($2,000), food ($60 per month), healthcare ($500 per visit)
The hyacinth macaw is the largest and bluest parrot in the world. It’s an affectionate, intelligent, active, and vocal communicator, but it can also be loud and nipping. You can own this beautiful bird for $12,000, but your expenses won’t end there. It will need a large, quality cage with lots of branches, untreated hemp ropes, and toys to climb and chew on. It also needs a specific diet of almonds, cashews, coconuts, macadamias, pistachios, and walnuts. A good cage costs approximately $2,000 and set aside $60 a month for food. Since this parrot is prone to have an overgrown beak, it needs a steady supply of safe things to chew on, like branches and wooden toys. It’s also susceptible to certain diseases, so a healthy diet and regular health exams and visits to the vet are vital. Each visit and health test can cost between $200 and $500.