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Goffin's Cockatoo

Family: Cacatuidae Goffin CockatooCacatua goffiniPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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I have to laugh after. Reading about the goffins some people wrote about. The first entry by someone who says that their baby goffins won't sleep in his cage at... (more)  Cherie Davis

   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.

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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.

Lastest Animal Stories on Goffin Cockatoo

Cherie Davis - 2017-01-20
I have to laugh after. Reading about the goffins some people wrote about. The first entry by someone who says that their baby goffins won't sleep in his cage at night. I am writing  on my iPad in bed as my goffinss ,daisy ,is grinding away on her beak as she is nestled under the blankets by my side. Daisy has been my baby now for ten years. From the first day we got her from the bird. Store she screamed when we went to bed. Every 15 seconds she let out a scream. She was fine in the cage for the most part but not at night. I tried all sorts of remedies, like putting a smaller sleep cage right next to me at night. She still screamed unless I gave her my hand to sit on. Well after all failed attempts I gave n. I know it's not the healthiest thing for her sleep is very important and she is so careful not to potty on the bed, she goes on newspaper on the floor,wakes me up saying we we and I hold her over the papers to go. She is most happy w me so I have succumbed to her bad behavior. However just lately she likes to go to bed with all the rest of our asst flock in the bird room promptly but 8:30 she will sit on a high rope perch in the bird room where the other birds are sleeping and sleep therefor some time eventually calling for me to come get her, so! That's kinda a start in the right direction,only now I can't sleep without her.  Life with goffins is really interesting.

Henna - 2016-06-23
I adopted my goffin when he was about 2 months hatched. Up until now he has been the sweetest thing on earth. Especially with me and even my parents. He sometimes gets aggressive around my older brother but not to much. Well recently i got married and he totally has it cut out for my husband, my goffin cannot stand my husband being near me. At night my goffin was pretty good at sleeping in the cage if needed but now he will scream until i take him out and let him sleep with me. Causing my husband to sleep on the sofa. What should i do for my bird to be less aggressive towards my husband? And even so he can sleep in the cage

  • judy beaudoin - 2016-12-12
    Your dear Goffin is a male and you belong to him! He will not tolerate another male around him, so you must make the ultimate choice - the bird or the husband. This will not work out no matter how you try, so sorry. Your bird will be very traumatized by being separated from you, so do it in stages. Have the new owner come by for a lot of visits (owner must be a woman, with no men in her future - a widow would be perfect). Have her take him away for an overnite a time or two before the final separation. Hard on the three of you, but that is life. Judy
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.

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
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