These are the smallest Cockatoos in the pet bird trade. Most have a pink tint to them, though many are entirely white. The underside of their wings, crest, and tail is yellow. Almost all Goffin’s Cockatoos have a pink or salmon-colored patch near their cheeks, which gives them the appearance of blushing. Like other Cockatoos, they have a crest which will pop up when they are startled or excited. However, their crest is significantly smaller than that of other Cockatoos, and resembles a shark’s fin rather than a large headdress, and smaller and more round than the crest of a Ducorps Cockatoo.
Average Lifespan: 20 – 30 years
Sexing: The sexes differ only in eye color, though all juvenile birds will appear to be female. After they have reached maturity (typically around 5 years of age) the females will retain a brown iris, while the males will turn almost black. The darker the iris, the more likely it is to be male.
Origin: Indonesia (Specifically, the Tanimbar Islands) Trainability: Domestic hand-fed babies make excellent pets for dedicated caregivers. Arguably, these parrots are among the most affectionate animals on the planet! This is wonderful at first, but they quickly become like needy two year olds, craving constant attention and companionship.
Although the Goffin’s Cockatoo is slightly more independent than other Cockatoos, they still need a lot of attention. If you are unable to devote at least 3 hours of quality time to your parrot each day, then a Goffins Cockatoo is not for you. They are extremely playful and acrobatic. Anything and everything is a toy to them – especially if you don’t want them to have it.
For this reason, we recommend a large variety of toys and plenty of supervision during play time. They can learn to speak, but are often difficult to understand. Goffin’s Cockatoos will typically develop a small vocabulary of 5 or 6 of their favorite words and phrases. And, Goffins are most likely the best escape artists of all parrots, and the fastest runners of all of the cockatoos. We call them little raod-runners.
Loudness: Cockatoos are among the loudest of the parrot species, so if you’re sensitive to noise we would suggest looking into other types of parrots. While the Goffin’s Cockatoo may not be as loud as some of the larger Cockatoos, they are still not apartment pets.