Goffin's Cockatoo, Free Pictures with Interesting facts

Goffin’s Cockatoo or Tanimbar Corella is found mainly in Tanimbar islands and some other parts of Indonesia in its native state. It is listed as near threatened species in the IUCN red list and there is more number of Goffin’s cockatoo found in captivity than in the wild. Its scientific name is Cacatua goffiniana.

birds, Goffin's Cockatoo
RG126- Goffin's Cockatoo, Hyderabad zoo

Goffin's cockatoo displaying its crest
RG127- Crest of Goffin's Cockatoo

These cockatoo weigh from 200-300 gm and are about 25-30 cm length. The beak is grey in color and eyes are brown to black. Most of the cockatoo body is covered with white feathers with a tinge of yellow on the underside of tail feathers. Both the male and female sexes look similar.

In the wild, these can be found in flocks consisting of up to 100 members. They generally build their nests in tree holes. The female lays 2-3 eggs, which hatch in a month’s time. Cockatoo feed on nuts, seeds, fruits, grains and insects. They can live up to 25-30 years. There are feathers on its head which it can raise or lower.

These cockatoo make good pets, as they are sociable and friendly in nature. They love to play with different toys in cage and require proper attention from their owners. They are quick learners and can learn many a things which they see around them. Goffin’s cockatoo are not considered as great talkers like many other parrots. If not taken care off properly, these birds may resort to a destructive behavior like plucking their feathers, biting hands of human beings etc. In the wild they exhibit tool use behavior, to meet certain needs quite similar to the humans.

The cockatoo plucks some of the feathers which break down into powder. This powder is mostly calcium and is used to clean and groom their other feathers. They are highly energetic and if caged should be taken out at least for a couple of hours every day. A bird harness can be used for this purpose.

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