Goffin's Cockatoo

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Common Name: Goffin’s or Tanimbar Cockatoo
Scientific Name: Cacatua goffiniana

Size: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)

Habitat: Asia; restricted to the Banda Sea Islands of Yamdena and Larat (Tanimbar) with an introduced population on Kai, Indonesia. It inhabits forest and agricultural land, feeding on maize crops and roosting in the forest.

Status: Near Threatened. Global Population: 100,000-499,999 Mature individuals. Habitat loss continues apace in the south of Yamdena and this, combined with continuing trapping, must be producing a decline. In the 1980s the numbers of birds entering trade annually exceeded 10,000 in some years and there were fears for its security, but the total population is estimated to be 300,000-400,000 individuals. It may also be persecuted as a crop pest or eaten in some areas.

Diet: Fruits, berries, flowers, nuts and seeds.

Breeding: Cockatoo become sexually mature after two to four years. Two to five eggs are laid in September through October. Nesting takes place in hidden areas. Eggs incubate for about three and half to four weeks and the fledgling period lasts eight to ten weeks. Adult females have a reddish-brown iris, males have a dark brown or black iris

Cool Facts: One of the smallest Cockatoos, the Goffin’s is also one of the smartest in the species. The Goffin’s Cockatoo is related to the Australian Little Corella.

The Goffin has a shorter crest on the head than other cockatoos; the crest stands up when they are frightened or get excited during play. Goffins love people and like to cuddle, although they are usually less dependent than other cockatoos.


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