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GOFFIN COCKATOO

Latin: Cacatua goffini
English: Goffin´s Cockatoo
German: Goffin´s Kakadu

Origin: Indonesia - Tanimbar Islands in southern Moluccas; introduced to Singapore.

Status: Large decline suspected during 1980s due to deforestation and also to excessive trade.

Aviculture: Almost unknown until 1972, when comercial export commenced; readily available until late 1980s; limited breeding. It is important to establish this delightful little cockatoo; a horizontal nest-box or log (either on the ground or hung) may encourage breeding. This species is extremely destrucive and attention must be given to making he aviary escape-proof. 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. Scientific name: Cacatua goffini

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: 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.

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

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.

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

  

  

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