There are many good reasons for micro-chipping birds and parrots. If the bird is lost or stolen they can easily be identified and returned or identified as a stolen bird. The theft of birds is increasing. A lot of birds escape because of the owner’s mistaken belief that clipping a bird’s wings prevents flight. Micro-Chipping costs range anywhere from $40 – $150 for the microchip and that doesn’t include the expense that you may incur if there’s a medical complication from the microchip process. Some Micro-Chipping Registries also charge an annual fee.
Of all the identification devices for birds, the microchip is the best. It’s easy enough to remove a leg band, and tattoos can be altered and can also get caught on toys and accessories in the cage. Although DNA fingerprinting is available it can be very expensive. Thus micro-chipping is probably the best permanent way to prove the bird is yours unless there’s something really unique about it.