Goffins Cockatoo

Goffins Cockatoo

The Gregarious, intelligent and affectionate Goffins Cockatoo, has not enjoyed the popularity of other larger Cockatoos in the pet world because they demand much love and attention.  If you are among those who are owned by one, you already know that they are largely underestimated as the perfect bird, as long as you have plenty of time, love and affection to give them.  They cement a bond between themselves and their humans like no other bird.  They are not a bird to be left to a bird room or to entertain themselves.

They are fun loving, interactive and said to be natural entertainers.  But; this smallest of Cockatoos (approximately 12.5” long-weighing 300-400 grams) will not be denied attention and without it, they turn inward and sullen.  They are cuddly and snuggly and will fill your days with love and lively laughter, and they demand it from their humans.   Goffins can be excellent and prolific talkers, but; like any other parrot; some just prefer to talk “parrot”.  It does take a good deal of effort to have them speak fluently, but; the rewards are many when they do.

They do have a tendency to scream (as most Cockatoos do) when left to their own devices when they want attention and love.  They hail from the Tenimber Islands of Indonesia and are flock birds in the wild; hence, their need to be a part of their human flock.  This is why they make excellent birds for families, because they will bond to more than one person and are extremely gentle. Children must be taught that all birds bite and so do Goffins.

Adult supervision is always as must. They are not susceptible to many diseases with the exception of Psittacine Beak and Feather Syndrome. This unfortunate disease usually manifests itself in the feathers after several years. In addition to feather malformation, beak disfiguration is common with this disease.  All Cockatoos species have the propensity to develop this syndrome.  Unlike other parrots, the Goffins should NOT be weaned before 12-14 weeks of age.

When they go to a new home, their humans should offer warm formula or other “comfort” foods a couple of times per day until they are completely weaned to a diet of pellets, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits.  If the baby is not weaned by the breeder properly, their cries for comfort food or formula will turn to screaming very shortly and the new family relationship can deteriorate or be lost.  Please be sure to ask lots of questions of your selected breeder, before purchasing.  They do not fair well with being rehomed, because they mourn for their original human flock.

Because of their high energy and activity level, Goffins need the biggest cage you can manage. The very minimum would be 24 inches wide by 36 inches long, but they will utilize every inch of even the largest Macaw-sized cage. Just be certain that you order one with ¾ or one-inch bar spacing so the bird can’t get its head through. Another reason for a large cage is that they cannot be permitted out and about without constant supervision. There is no parrot capable of causing more damage or getting into trouble more quickly than a fun-loving Goffins cockatoo!

Galah Cockatoo

Galah Cockatoo

The Galah. Boy, this parrot sure is cute. Also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, this pink, lovable bird could soften even the toughest of hearts. I have vivid memories of visiting my local pet shop and being drawn to the Galah cages. They just oozed love. They would turn on the charm for any person that entered the store. I would walk in and they would start to “talk” and press their cute little pink heads against the bars to be pet and ruffled. I had my favorites and thoroughly enjoyed massaging their little pin-feathered noggins while their little eyes half-closed in bliss. If I was able, I probably would have purchased the whole lot of them (I was a teenager at the time).

The coloring of the bird is extraordinary. A delicious pink. A rich dark pink covers most of the body. The top of the head and back of the neck are a light white-pink color. A wonderful contrast of smokey gray adorns the back, wings and tail. The female can be distinguished from the male by her eye color. She sports reddish eyes and the male has much darker eyes. This bird is lovely, to say the least. Even if you aren’t a fan of the color pink, I do believe you will be smitten with this bird.

Native to Australia, the Galah is far from endangered. They are actually considered a nuisance to farmers as they travel in large flocks and often feed on the seeds of many different types of crops. They have a reputation of destruction. And noisiness. Of course, this is just what they do naturally. The Galah’s numbers are actually increasing along with the increase in farmland. The farmland grows, allowing for more food for the Galah to eat. This allows for more Galah’s to survive and reproduce, increasing their population.

Size: This bird comes to about ½ pound and reaches an average length of about 12 inches.


Around 50 years. Yes, this bird could outlive you. As with most parrots, be sure you’re ready to be it’s caretaker for a very long time.

Dietary Needs:

A pellet can make up the base of your birds diet, with treats including nuts and fresh fruits and veggies. Emphasis must be placed on making sure that your birds diet does not include too much fat as Galah’s are prone to obesity on fatty diets. A low fat pellet may be the answer. The fat content of nuts and seeds can also be monitored. Some nuts and seeds have a very high fat content.

Common Diseases and ailments:

  • Obesity
  • Tumors
  • Feather picking
  • Psittacine beak and feather disease
  • Sarcocystis
  • Cloacal prolapse
  • Poisoning (from ingestion of metals)

Cage Size:

We would suggest a cage no smaller than 32 x 23
Of course larger is better as with most birds. The Galah needs
plenty of exercise to combat obesity so a large cage with lots of toys and stuff to climb on is preferred.

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

The Major Mitchell’s or Leadbeater’s Cockatoo is often kept as a pet bird, but; unfortunately, it is one of the less suitable and more expensive pet cockatoo’s that can be chosen as a pet.

They are a joy when they are young and hand-raised; but, they often become aggressive as they mature, and many end up as only suitable for an aviary. If a Major Mitchell’s is to be kept as a pet, it will need some firm handling to stop it from becoming dominant as it matures. It is also a destructive chewer, and has a very loud “shout” at times.

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This gorgeous bird with its Native American Headdress-like crest is small; only weighing between 300 and 400 grams and is about 14 inches long.  They are indigenous to Australia and are considered “vulnerable”, in the wild, under the Endangered Species Act; because they do not acclimate well with humans who move into their home territories.

These cockatoos have a bad reputation when it comes to intra-species aggression (males attacking females).  Each bird should have a Large Cage that measures about 24″W X 30″L X 30″H, with three feeding stations (water, pellets & fruit-veggies). They can be strong and active chewers so Manzanita perches are recommended.

They should have several toys including some that they can chew.  Their daily diet should consist of: A bowl of soft food (fresh fruits, vegetables and a cooked bean mix); a bowl of dry food that is 1/2 seed mix and 1/2 pellets; and, of course, fresh water. During the breeding season, supply sprouted seeds whether you have a single bird or breeding pair.

These awesome little fellows do not reach sexual maturity until they are three to four years old. These Cockatoos have been known to breed for up to 37 years!  Their life span can range between 40 and 100 years, so PLEASE put much thought and planning into who will care for your friend after you are departed