Goffin’s Cockatoo

Goffin's Cockatoo

Where does Goffin’s Cockatoo come from?

The Goffin’s Cockatoo’s natural home is in the forest of the Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia. Due to illegal hunting and encroaching civilization, the Goffin’s Cockatoo is on the list of Threatened Species. There are more of these birds in captivity than in the wild.

What does Goffin’s Cockatoo look like?

They are the smallest Cockatoos at about 12 inches long and weighing 300-400 grams. Color is white with a hint of yellow near the ears, under the wings and the tail. Between the beak and the eyes, feathers are tinged salmon-pink. The crest is somewhat smaller than other Cockatoos. Legs and beak are light grey. Males have black eyes and females eyes are brown. Lifespan is about 40 years.

What is the personality of the Goffin’s Cockatoo?

The Goffin’s Cockatoo is a highly intelligent bird, and might even learn to open its cage door. It needs a lot of attention and likes to cuddle with its human. It is very active and playful and needs a variety of toys for mental stimulation. Exercise is very important, so time out of the cage is a must, as always with supervision. The Goffin’s Cockatoo isn’t much of a talker although some do learn a few words. But it can be loud and scream if left alone too long. It loves music and will dance about listening to some tune. The Goffin’s Cockatoo is a lively, entertaining, curious and loving pet.

How do I care for and feed the Goffin’s Cockatoo?

A good size cage should be available, at least 2′ long and 3′ wide. Your pet food supplier should have pellets and seeds suitable for the Goffin’s Cockatoo. Some cooked meat or chicken can be included. Vegetables should be a good part of the diet, especially spinach and broccoli, as well as some fruit. A cuttlebone can be attached to the cage. Your bird might also enjoy a bit of hard-boiled egg.

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