Cockatoo (Goffin’s) / Cacatua goffini

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Goffin’s cockatoo is the smallest of the white cockatoos

The bird is named after Andreas Leopold Goffin, a Dutch naval officer and friend of naturalist, Otto Finsch, who discovered the bird

Goffin’s cockatoo, also known as the Tanimbar corella, is endemic to the forests of the islands of the Tanimbar archipelago in Indonesia. Like most of the cockatoos from the Indonesian Islands not a lot is known about the habitat of the Goffin cockatoo in the wild.

They are typically birds of the coastal lowland forests and up to 300 birds have been recorded in flocks. They are omnivorous. They feed in the treetops on seeds, nuts, berries, fruit, blossoms and insects and their larvae as well as raiding maize crops.

Their flocks enter farmland to raid crops and they cause considerable damage to the crops, especially maize.

They are a noisy, conspicuous birds and are more usually seen in small flocks or pairs during the breeding season, when they nest in hollows in trees. A normal clutch is 2-3 eggs. Both male and female birds share incubation of the eggs.