Goffin’s Cockatoo- Female
COMMON NAMES: Goffin’s cockatoo, Tanimbar corella
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cacatua goffini
ADULT SIZE: One of the smallest cockatoo species, between 12 and 13 inches long, about the same size as a cockatiel
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 30 to 40 years with proper care
Goffin’s cockatoos have a reputation for being very social and affectionate. They are playful, curious, and active birds. They may be one of the smaller cockatoos, but they have a big bird personality and are quite fun-loving and gregarious.
These birds are brilliant, which leads them to mischievous, menacing behaviors. After watching you a few times, they can learn how to open the latch on their cage. You can expect to have a crafty escape artist on your hands.
A scientific study put Goffin’s to the test and found them to have extraordinary problem-solving skills when it came to mechanics. Ten birds were tested on various interlocking devices, and most figured out the puzzles after just one failed attempt. Some required a demonstration from humans, while another bird figured it out on its own.
Speech and Vocalizations
Compared to many parrots, the Goffin’s are relatively quiet. However, they will still scream when they want your attention. These birds are not the best talkers, but with enough training, you can teach them to say a few words. They tend to mimic sounds they hear. If you want to be entertained, turn on the music; they love to dance.