Species Profile: Goffin's Cockatoo

Goffin's Cockatoo

Entertaining, playful and cuddly, the Goffin's cockatoos (Cacatua goffiniana) are great family birds. As with most cockatoos, however, they require loads of attention, a library of toys to rotate from and frequent baths or showers to control the dust and dander. Highly intelligent, they require positive reinforcement training to learn to play independently and entertain themselves. They benefit greatly from wood and leather toys to chew. A varied diet of fresh vegetables, sprouts, and fruit, a formulated pelleted diet, and freshly cooked grains will help keep your Goffin’s healthy and well-nourished.

Goffin's cockatoos are native to Tenimber Islands in Indonesia and can live up to 60 years. They have a decent talking ability and can be taught tricks with positive reinforcement training.

Goffin's Cockatoo Traits

Goffin’s are little acrobats and love to climb, so a large cage is essential in providing her with exercise and stimulation. A separate play gym is a wonderful addition to provide additional stimulation and activity. They love to romp and play and they adore interaction with their family. They are big chewers and require chewable objects to destroy. 

Behavior and Health Concerns for Goffin's Cockatoos

Prone to becoming overweight, their diet should be monitored and they should be provided well-balanced, nutritious meals. Annual vet checks are a must as cockatoos, in general, are prone to a variety of issues such as fatty tumors, feather picking, and psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD).

What Experts Have to Say About These Cockatoos

"I have personally dealt with two Goffin's at the rescue," said Chris Burgr, MARS Rescue of Melbourne, Florida. "Both were silly, playful and very energetic. One was very headstrong and nippy. The other was as well but to a much lesser degree. Goffin's are a big cockatoo packed into a small body. They are a little bird overflowing with energy, personality, and love."

People just have to keep in mind that they are cockatoos, albeit small cockatoos, said Sarah Ptomey, the West Virginia adoption coordinator for the organization Phoenix Landing. "When I talk with someone who is interested in a Goffin's, I try to make it clear, that they might be small, but they are still cockatoos. Goffin's can be sweet little clowns, love to dance and get as much attention as possible. They are cockatoos, just small, so a good understanding of behavior is a great thing for new Goffin's families to have."

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