Buy inexpensive pet birds through breeders, pet stores, bird sanctuaries and online wholesale sites. PetSmart and PetCo sell inexpensive birds at locations nationwide. Wholesale sites such as Birds Express and Legacy Birds offer low-priced birds. Small breeders and local pet stores also offer a variety of pet birds.
Finches, parakeets, cockatiels, lovebirds and canaries retail for less than $100 as of 2015. They require smaller cages and need cheaper toys, making them inexpensive pets.
It's also possible to adopt expensive birds such as macaws and cockatoos for little cost. Bird rescues, animal shelters, the SPCA and local animal welfare organizations charge minimal adoption fees for parrots, cockatoos and other rare birds.