Cockatoo: Goffin Cockatoo
Also called Goffin's Corell or Tanimbar Corella is native to the Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia.
At only 12 inches they are are sometimes claimed to be the smallest cockatoo, which is true if you discount the cockatiels which are cocktoos and even though their tail feathers make them slightly longer than a goffin they have a smaller sized body.
Goffin Cockatoos are white with pink highlights in front of the eyes and under their crests. Their crest is smaller than it is on the other cockatoos, but it does stand up when it's frightened or excited.
Once they are adults you can tell the sex by the color of the eyes. The males have dark brown to black irises and the females have reddish brown irises.
Goffins aren't great talkers, but they can learn a few words and will mimic sounds.
Goffin Cockatoos as pet parrots
These small cockatoo birds aren't as demanding as the larger varieties, but they still need a lot of attention to prevent them from developing bad habits like feather plucking and screaming.
Goffins are very smart and inquisitive parrots that are great at learning tricks. In fact training your cockatoo to do tricks is one of the best ways to form a strong bond between the bird and yourself.
Training gives your cockatoo the socialization it needs and it stimulates it's natural problem solving skills.
Don't let their small size fool you. Goffin Cockatoos can be loud and noisy if they aren't handled enough.
If you are prone to allergies be forewarned that all cockatoos have a special dust that is used in preening.
As with all cockatoos they are very loving and social birds when they have an owner that gives them the socialization they need.
Goffin Cockatoo Care.
Goffin cockatoos need a variety of foods to keep them healthy. Use pellets as the main base and supplement them with a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and some well cooked meat or eggs.
You can feed your cockatoo some seeds and nuts, but be careful to not overdo it because of the high fat content they contain.
They are very active birds and need time out of their cage everyday to explore and exercise.
Never leave your Goffin out of the cage unsupervised. Their inquisitive nature and natural tendency to chew can get them in serious trouble with electrical cords, poisonous plants, window blind cords or any number of other things.
Goffin Cockatoo cages.
Because of their active nature Goffin Cockatoos need a lot of room to move around and climb.
You will need a cage that is at least 2 X 2 feet and 3 feet high. The bigger the cage the better.
Your parrot needs a variety of different toys to play with and chew on. Get some puzzle solving toys, wooden toys to chew, hanging toys and toys that make sounds and place them in various locations throughout the cage.
You should also have different sized perches in the cage to keep your parrots feet healthy.
Try to avoid painted or galvanized cages, they could contain materials that are poisonous to your parrot.
The cage should have wire above the floor to allow the dropping to fall through.
Line the bottom of the cage with newspaper or paper towel rather than bedding material which can develop fungus.
As long as they get the attention they need Goffin Cockatoos make very affectionate and loyal pet parrots.
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