Most Affordable Talking Birds ( Images and Videos )

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If you have been in the market for a new pet you may have considered getting some variety of talking bird. During this time you may have noticed that these birds can sometimes be quite pricey and you are wondering if there are any affordable options.

Within this article, we will go over some of the most affordable options for talking birds up to the $1000 mark and well below it, so if you have ever considered getting one of these birds then this article is for you.


These cute little critters are natives of Australia and are some of the friendliest birds you can find. Colored with beautiful yellows and greens, these parrots are a sight to behold. Also known as Budgies or Budgerigars, you can find these birds fairly commonly in pet shops.

They are rather small in size and so you may want to get a few of them to enjoy the company of all at once.

They are capable of talking and can be trained to do so once you get them to trust you and bring you into the flock. Understanding them can be difficult due to their relatively low voices and somewhat muffled speech but with some work, you will find them to be quite the talkers.

These birds will often cost you from around $13 to a little over $100 and so are relatively inexpensive. It is worth noting that some Parakeets that are bred to have different colors may end up costing you a bit more.


Another relatively inexpensive bird, the Cockatiel is a playful little parrot that can give you a whole heap of fun over its lifetime. A good choice for those who want an intelligent pet on a budget, this bird is plenty smart.

Whilst they may not boast an extensive vocabulary, they can learn words and very short sentences. For this, you will have to train them very often and make sure that you have a good bond, but after some time you and your cockatiel will be chatting away.

Cockatiels can often be found under $100 dollars, and are usually between $40 to $160 which isn’t too expensive for a talking bird.


Extremely cute and almost as small, the Parrotlet would make a great addition to any bird-loving family. These little darlings are usually green or blue in color and measure only around 5-inches from head to tail and weigh in at only around 30 grams.

As the name might suggest, these are little parrots that can bring a lot of joy in a small package, able to mimic speech as most parrots can, they don’t have the most expansive vocabulary but can be taught some words in time.

These little birds can be had for as little as $150 to up to around $500 depending on the colors of their plumage.

Quaker Parrot

Also known as the Monk Parakeet, this bird is an inquisitive and smart parrot that comes in a bright green color with a greyish-yellow underbelly.

Whilst these parrots are smart and fun to have around, you should check in with your state’s laws as in quite a few states these birds are not legal. They are considered an invasive species in some and so it is always best to check beforehand.

For these birds, you can expect to pay around $500 to $750 depending on whether you can even legally own one in your state!


A macaw is maybe the most iconic parrot there is, they come in bright colors and are naturally inquisitive along with being extremely smart. These birds wouldn’t look out of place on a pirate captain’s shoulder!

Their ability to mimic human speech is very impressive and they can learn a whole host of words. They do require a lot of training but are well worth it for the fun they can provide.

You can find a macaw at around the $700 to $1000 mark and so this is at the top end of our budget. They are worth considering as they are truly magnificent creatures.


Lovebirds are definitely the most affordable birds that can be taught how to repeat words/talk. However, they are not the easiest to learn to repeat.

Once you have a lovebird that does start to repeat sounds and words then it’s palin sailing to get them to say more and more. It’s that initial step of them saying their first words or sounds that’s the hardest part.

But costing only $30-40 for a lovebirds means anyone can buy a bird that can learn to talk. Just be prepare for a long process and possibly it never saying a single word.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, there are many varieties of talking birds that can be had for relatively inexpensive prices. These birds can add a whole different layer of interesting times to your life and provide you with some wonderful companionship.

Hopefully, this article has been useful in showcasing some of these affordable talking birds to you and give you some information that will prove helpful in coming to a decision on which one is right for you.

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