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Goffin's Cockatoo

Family: Cacatuidae Goffin CockatooCacatua goffiniPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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I have had my goffin for 8 years. He is such a sweet heart but a little brat. He is always up to mischief he loves laundry, plants, and all food. He is friendly... (more)  Maria

   The Goffin's Cockatoo are known to be clowns, and are extremely playful!

Goffin's Cockatoos often have the peculiar habit of putting things on their backs, or tossing them over their heads. They will hop straight up and down and love to dance. Acrobatic tricks often become second nature to them.

   To learn more about Cockatoos and their needs visit:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Cockatoo


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Cacatuidae
  • Genus: Cacatua
  • Species: goffini

Scientific name:Cacatua goffini

Distribution:    Goffins are native to the Tenimber islands of Indonesia.

Description:    Goffin's Cockatoos are a smaller cockatoo that is white with pink highlights in front of the eyes and on the breast. They are one of the better talkers among the cockatoos. They are easy to teach all kinds of tricks. Cockatoos in general are a very loving type of bird that needs a lot of attention from their owners. Buy a cockatoo only if you can spend a lot of time with it.

Care and feeding:   A cage of at least 20" x 20" is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat. The Rose-breasted Cockatoo should be fed a less oily diet (sunflower seeds and other oily seeds) than other cockatoos since they can develop fatty tumors known as lipomas.

   See About Cockatoos: Housing and About Cockatoos: Care and Feeding for more information.

Size - Weight:    The Goffin's are the smallest of the cockatoos. Mature birds are about 22.5 cm (9 inches) in length.

Social Behaviors:    Wild Cockatoos are friendly and peaceful. They live together in flocks of 20 or more birds.

Breeding/Reproduction:    See About Cockatoos: Breeding for Cockatoo breeding information.

Sexual differences:    Hard to tell with young birds. As they get older the females' eyes will develop a lighter brown color, the males' eyes will remain black.

Potential Problems:    Cockatoos can be quite loud screechers. The behaviour can be reduced by giving attention and proper surroundings. Also, since they are prone to chewing, if they are not given enough attention they will chew their own feathers.

Availability:    These birds are readily available and are inexpensive for a cockatoo.

Activities: Loves to climb and play and chew. Provide lots of toys.

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Maria - 2015-07-20
I have had my goffin for 8 years. He is such a sweet heart but a little brat. He is always up to mischief he loves laundry, plants, and all food. He is friendly with everyone and loves to be scratched. He only pulls his feathers is we are gone all day and he can't get out. He is a great family pet and is good with people of all ages. Only thing is he won't eat much seed.

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Denice - 2015-05-20
I found my female Goffin cockatoo in 2011 in a tree fully plucked. She is the sweetest bird I have ever seen even let's small children pet her. She is now a registered service animal and she goes everywhere with me. She has been to the vet several times and is healthy just some anxiety disorder but I refused to put her on medication because it made her act crazy and mean. I give her seed, pellets,sunflower seeds and every morning a variety of fruits and vegetables ie;brocolli, carrots, bananas,apples, pears, mangos and many other types of choices to eat including eat which she loves. Her favorite is to get on my shoulder and sample whatever it is that I am eating. With all the choices she seems to only be interested in the sunflower seeds and if I take that away she won't eat very much. She is over 30 years old I don't know what to do and I have been told that sunflower seeds are not that good for them. HELP I love her very much she is like my child I want her to live as long as possible. Also I do make her oatmeal and cream of wheat which she will eat if I feed her with a spoon. Her feathers are better but she still plucks and she is only in her cage at night to sleep. Again HELP

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-22
    It sounds like you have a great companion, and it's very awesome that she is a service animal too. Of course the age of these birds is impossible to determine unless you know their hatch date, and they have an excellent memory. I'm guessing she lived in a stressful situation before you found her, and that is where she picked up the feather chewing habit and a love for sunflower seeds. Both habits that are very hard to change! Love and persistences are your best remedies, which it sounds like your are great at. Unfortunately it can take a long time, and sometimes they never totally quit plucking, but she is still an awesome bird and you are giving her a super home and life.
  • Denice - 2015-05-24
    thank you yes she is a wonderful bird the vet is the one that told me how old she is I figured that she had a stressful situation before I got here as well now she's really spoiled boss is my dogs and everybody around thank you for your response
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kacyliew - 2011-10-13
I had a goffin too. Three years ago I moved out of my landed property where it was allowed to move along a long bamboo placed in the garden to an apartment. At the apartment, it was left unchained on the balcony on a T shaped clothes bamboo holder that allows it to look out on to the greenery and tree tops as its 12th storey high. One day, it was attracted by some other wild parrot and later flew down to the tree top. As it was captive for sometime, it could not fly very steadily but landed on the tree below. We went down to the car park where the tree was grown to try to
persuade it to come down but to no avail. It spent the night perched on the tree. Next morning, we went down to check and that poor fella, hungry and
lonely flew down to land on my maids head. The maid regularly fed her and there was this bond established so it chose to return to her.
Goffins are affectionate towards their handlers and its a pity that I had to give it away because I felt unreasonable to keep it at a limited space environment. Now I want to buy a yellow crested cockatoo. Any suggestions where I can get one baby bird at a reasonable price??

  • Tom Barrett - 2015-03-12
    I'm looking for a hand feeding baby up to a 5 year old. Female Goffin cockatoo.   I live in Ms but am willing to travel up to 250 miles for the right one 
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Bill - 2015-02-15
I have a 10 year old Goffin. I've he's been with me for two years. I'm not sure of his past ... I am at the least, his third home (and, his last ... I love him very much). He has the feather plucking problem ... it's not terrible and it varies in intensity. But, what I'd like to ask is: He will snuggle with me and put his tail feathers up and lower his head and nod his head up and down ... almost spasmodically ... accompanied by clucking. He seems to be enjoying this in an almost sexual way. Is this behavior okay? Or, should I be discouraging it?

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-15
    What a great bird! and I'm so glad you will be lifelong companions... that rocks! His feather plucking can be helped and his other behavior is fine. The bobbing, snuggling, clucking stuff is an indication that you are his affectionate mate, and he's letting you know as best he can. I wouldn't discourage it. On the plucking, these birds are extremely social, as well as intelligent and active. They get bored or lonely, which is often the reason they begin to pluck. But plucking can become a habit, so it's best to address it right away. It sounds like you are giving him plenty of attention, a tip: set up a time every day for this so he learn a routine that he can count on. That can help free you up at other times so he won't become constantly demanding. Then give him all sorts of activities when he needs to entertain himself... chewing activities! These birds like softer things like cotton rope. Towels, sheets or blankets draped over part of the cage are also good, and tons of soft wood branches... like pine, can also keep these birds well occupied. There's toy combinations that you can purchase at pet stores too... but just limit the amount of harder things like acrylics, manzanita type hardwoods, etc. Hope this helps:)
  • Bill - 2015-02-16
    Thank you, Clarice, for getting back to me. Jack (that's his name) has tons of 'toys' and stuff he's allowed to chew ... and, occasionally, he helps himself to things he's not allowed to chew (like my key board!!!). He was nearly 8 when he came to live with me ... and, he lived with a lady before he came here for nearly a year. I don't know much about his previous history or how many homes he had during his first 5 years. But, from what I've read, his feather plucking is probably going to be with him for a very, very long time. He has a history of plucking his feathers for that year before he came here. Like I said, I don't know much about his history before that. I do everything I can to assure him he is loved and give him lots of attention ... lots of out of cage time ... and he flys all over the house. A year ago, during the warm moist weather, he nearly quit the plucking all together ... but, then resumed this winter (I think the drier air influences the plucking). So, I'm hoping once the humidity rises he'll quit again. My theory is: It may take years, but once he learns that he is 'home' and feels secure about his place in the world ... he'll give up the plucking altogether. :-)
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-18
    What a great bird Jack is... and what a great home he has:) I was thinking, you might be able to get a humidifier for his room. An Umbrella Cockatoo one of my customers had plucked so much that it was basically totally featherless. We put tons of branches in his cage and soft blankets over one side, and he was so busy he began to forget to chew as much. Slowly feathers started to come back, but unfortunately not all... probably just too much damage done. But even without a full plummage, he was a healthy bird and had a great loving home too. So good luck to you and Jack!
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kacyliew - 2011-10-13
I had a goffin too. Three years ago I moved out of my landed property where it was allowed to move along a long bamboo placed in the garden to an apartment. At the apartment, it was left unchained on the balcony on a T shaped clothes bamboo holder that allows it to look out on to the greenery and tree tops as its 12th storey high. One day, it was attracted by some other wild parrot and later flew down to the tree top. As it was captive for sometime, it could not fly very steadily but landed on the tree below. We went down to the car park where the tree was grown to try to
persuade it to come down but to no avail. It spent the night perched on the tree. Next morning, we went down to check and that poor fella, hungry and
lonely flew down to land on my maids head. The maid regularly fed her and there was this bond established so it chose to return to her.
Goffins are affectionate towards their handlers and its a pity that I had to give it away because I felt unreasonable to keep it at a limited space environment. Now I want to buy a yellow crested cockatoo. Any suggestions where I can get one baby bird at a reasonable price??

  • Tom Barrett - 2015-03-12
    I'm looking for a hand feeding baby up to a 5 year old. Female Goffin cockatoo.   I live in Ms but am willing to travel up to 250 miles for the right one 
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