My roommate has checked around for a White-bellied Caique and is finding pet store prices ranging from $1300-$1500. Why are they so expensive? Even much larger birds such as African Grays cost a lot less. Is it just the usual matter of supply and demand, or is there something else about Caiques that command such high prices?
Thanks,
Rick
My roommate has checked around for a White-bellied Caique and is finding pet store prices ranging from $1300-$1500. Why are ... usual matter of supply and demand, or is there something else about Caiques that command such high prices? Thanks, Rick

Whereabouts do you live? That sounds overpriced if it's in US$. I've seen them in my neck of the woods (NE OH) for around $600.

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My roommate has checked around for a White-bellied Caique and ... else about Caiques that command such high prices? Thanks, Rick

Whereabouts do you live? That sounds overpriced if it's in US$. I've seen them in my neck of the woods (NE OH) for around $600.

I'm near San Jose, CA.
Is "around $600" a breeder price or a pet store price? One local pet store in my area is asking $1349 for one, and the other wants $1550!
Is "around $600" a breeder price or a pet store price? One local pet store in my area is asking $1349 for one, and the other wants $1550!

Pet store as well as a couple bird fairs.
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My roommate has checked around for a White-bellied Caique and is finding pet store prices ranging from $1300-$1500. Why are ... usual matter of supply and demand, or is there something else about Caiques that command such high prices? Thanks, Rick

Here in the area of Minneapolis I've seen them priced at $500 at a bird fair and at about $900 at a big chain pet store.

Steve
I have been told by pet store owners that Caiques are difficult to breed, hence the price.