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What Factors Affect the Price of a Macaw?

The price of a Macaw is influenced by its species rarity, vibrant plumage, and ability to mimic speech. Breeding practices, age, and health also play crucial roles. Additionally, legal regulations and conservation status can significantly impact cost. With such a kaleidoscope of factors, it's clear that owning a Macaw is a unique investment. What else contributes to their value? Continue reading to uncover the intricacies.
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Exotic pets tend to be expensive, and some species are more easily trained, making them more desirable than others. Hybrid macaws, which are a cross between two common species, often command a high price, as these are difficult to breed. Blue and gold macaws are commonly bred in captivity and will typically cost less than a rare Hyacinth macaw, which commands a very high price. A macaw that is purchased from a reputable bird breeder may cost more than one acquired from a private owner. The price of a macaw may also be influenced by several other factors, including whether the bird was hand-fed or parent-raised.

The price of a macaw sold on consignment will typically be lower due to a few factors. Typically, a consignment bird is one that was previously owned. In some cases, a previously owned macaw may have been neglected or lacked human interaction. Previously owned birds are lower in price due to the difficulty a new owner may have bonding with them. Taming an older parrot can also be more of a challenge.

Most prospective macaw owners prefer to buy a domestic hand-fed bird from a reputable breeder.
Most prospective macaw owners prefer to buy a domestic hand-fed bird from a reputable breeder.

Most prospective macaw owners prefer to buy a domestic hand-fed bird from a reputable breeder. A hand-fed baby bird is removed from its parents at an early age and fed a hand-rearing formula through a syringe. Hand-feeding will continue until the baby bird is old enough to be weaned onto solid food. Breeders who hand-feed baby birds will handle them often, thus enabling the birds to become tame and bonded to humans. Parrots who have been hand-fed are desirable pets, which is why they typically cost more.

Red-fronted macaws are highly sought after as pets.
Red-fronted macaws are highly sought after as pets.

In most cases, the price of a macaw that has been parent-raised will be considerably lower. Parent-raised birds do not have the opportunity to bond with humans, as they receive their nourishment from a parent bird in an aviary. Without human contact, the macaw may become fearful of being handled and difficult to train.

A health guarantee from the seller may also drive up the price of a macaw. This means the macaw was examined by an avian veterinarian, who has issued a certificate stating the bird is free from illness or disease. The price of a macaw that comes with a health certificate may be higher than average, but most buyers consider this a necessity.

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    • Most prospective macaw owners prefer to buy a domestic hand-fed bird from a reputable breeder.
      By: Vladimir Melnik
      Most prospective macaw owners prefer to buy a domestic hand-fed bird from a reputable breeder.
    • Red-fronted macaws are highly sought after as pets.
      Red-fronted macaws are highly sought after as pets.