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Goffin's Cockatoo birds

Goffin's Cockatoo Bird Species
Goffin's Cockatoo Stats
Scientific Name:  Cacatua goffiniana
Size:  9 to 12 inches
Native Region:  Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia
Life Expectancy:  40-plus years
Noise Level:  Moderate
Talk/Trick Ability:  Good

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Goffin's Cockatoo Species Profile
Traits:  Goffin's cockatoos are quieter than many other cockatoo species, but they need plenty of attention to avoid screeching when bored. This very intelligent species often learns how to unlock cage doors; they are known to be escape artists. Goffin's cockatoos are climbers and while they are not known to be exceptional talkers, they can learn to say quite a few words. They also enjoy music and love to dance.

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Behavior/Health Concerns:  Goffin's cockatoos are playful, so they need a variety of toys. The can also help prevent boredom, and destructive behaviors like feather-picking. Although smaller than other cockatoo species, they are very active and need large pet bird cages so they have plenty of room to climb and play.

Expert Advice
"Hand-reared Goffin's cockatoos make good pets, but [without proper socialization, they can be] restless, destructive and independent and do not do well in confinement. They can learn a few words and tricks."

Gene Maranda, Avian Companions, (
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