Goffin’s Cockatoo

Goffin’s Cockatoo

Scientific Name:  Cacatua ­­Goffiniana
Origin:  Indonesia (Tanimbar Islands)
Average Lifespan:  40 years
Size:  9 to 12 inches
Color:  White
Sounds: Loud Screeches
Interaction:  Highly Social

Goffin’s Cockatoo

Photo:  Lee | Flickr

Physical Characteristics of Goffin’s Cockatoo

The Goffin’s Cockatoo is mainly white with salmon-colored feathers around its beak and eyes.  Also, its deeper feathers in the chest and around the neck are salmon colored.  Interestingly, its undersides and tail feathers have a yellowish tinge.

It is also called the Tanimbar Corella because it is found in the Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia.  It is the smallest of the white cockatoos which only measures about 12 inches long.  Its main attraction is its white coloration which is unique compared to other cockatoos.

Personality and Temperament

The Goffin’s Cockatoo is charming, active, inquisitive, playful and affectionate and seeks more attention from its owners compared to other breeds of birds.  It is also the smallest of the cockatoo breed which is an advantage for people who live in a pad or apartment with limited space but still want to pursue their love for bird collecting.

It has a short crest on the head which stands up when they are afraid, agitated or excited. However, the Goffin’s Cockatoo is not a shy bird.  It loves people and likes to be cuddled.  It is very active and needs a lot of time outside its cage.  It also prefers to have toys and other things for entertainment, but more importantly, it requires the constant attention of its owners.  Otherwise, it can experience stress which could lead to self-inflicted harm such as feather plucking and the display of destructive behavior.  Good toys include soft wood toys, foraging toys, rope toys for chewing and tree branches, braided or knotted toys for undoing, brightly colored acrylic toys and noisemaker toys.

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The Goffin’s Cockatoo tends to make loud screeches especially when it does not receive adequate attention or when it feels some boredom.  Thus, the owners must provide things for entertainment if they do not have enough time to spend with their pets.  Although it is not known to have a great talking ability, it can be taught to utter a few words.  It is also known to respond to music through dancing to the beat.  It is intelligent and highly inquisitive, that is why you should not be surprised if it learns how to open its cage after it carefully watches you unlatch it.  Provided with enough attention, care, and a stimulating environment, this pet can be a very delightful companion for years.

Health and Care

It is ideal to provide the Goffin’s Cockatoo a secure cage if you want to keep the bird pet inside its cage.  Also, if the cage is not that sturdy, there is the tendency that it destroys it, especially when it is not provided with enough toys or things for entertainment.  Since it is very active, it requires a lot of branches to climb around and play with.  Never forget to provide it with stimulating toys such as ropes for unknotting and other challenging toys to catch its attention. When stressed, the Goffin’s Cockatoo tends to pick or pull its feathers, especially when not given enough attention or intellectual stimulation.

The diet for Goffin’s Cockatoo should be highly nutritious and colorful.  It is crucial to note that its food should not be boring as well.  Provide your bird pet with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables aside from vitamin coated bird seeds that can be bought from pet shops.  It must also be given a sufficient supply of fresh water for drinking and bathing.

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History and Background

Goffin’s cockatoos are endemic to various locations in Tanimbar Islands archipelago in Indonesia. These birds were formally described in 2004, and have enjoyed a consistent rise in popularity since then. However, deforestation and other environmental factors have forced this species away from its natural habitat. Furthermore, uncontrolled bird trade is continuously affecting the population of this species, which cis why they are now considered as “near threatened”. When domesticated properly, Goffin’s cockatoos are a very successful breeder, and their population can multiply in short time.

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