Goffin’s Cockatoo


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.

Listen to a Goffin’s cockatoo here!


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, (www.aviancompanions.com)

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia
9 to 12 inches
Life Expectancy:
40 years plus
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: