Prices for Goebel bird figurines range from $24 to approximately $340, according to TheFind.com. The figurines can be purchased from Replacements, Ltd., from $15.99 to approximately $600.
ThePrudentCollector.com notes that the pieces have been made by the Goebel company since 1871. Wikipedia reports that Goebel was among many companies competing for market share in porcelain figurines in the United States early in the 20th century.
According to About.com, the company began producing Hummel figurines in 1931 based on the work of German nun Maria Innocentia Hummel. Wikipedia notes that Franz Goebel's flair for marketing helped make the figurines a hit among German immigrants to the United States.