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Tanimbar corella
Cacatua goffiniana

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Cacatua de las Tanimbar



31 to 32 cm.. length and a weight of just 300 g..
The Tanimbar corella (Cacatua goffiniana), like all family members Cacatuidae, is a species crestada, meaning it has a collection of feathers on its head which can go up or down at will; his body is covered with white feathers with some feathers or salmon pink between bill and eyes.
The deepest parts of the feathers of the crest and of the neck They are also the pink, but the color is hidden by the white color of the more superficial. The bottom of its wings and feathers of the tail They have a yellowish hue. The bill It is pale gray and eyes range from brown to black.
There is a clear sexual dimorphism and, often, merge with the blood cockatoo (Cacatua sanguinea) due to their similar appearance.


Riparian forests, thickets of acacias and eucalyptus with short grass or pasture with scattered groups of trees.


The start is two to three eggs, generally deposited in the hollow of a tree. The incubation, that is shared by two birds, lasts a few 30 days. The chicks they leave the nest about ten weeks after hatching, and feeding by the parents continues for another few weeks.


Dried fruits, fruit, berries, flowers, estate, bulbs, egg yolks, sprouts, and insects


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 9.100 km2

The Tanimbar Cockatoo It is a species of cockatoo endemic to the forests of Yamdena, Larat and Selaru, all the islands of the Tanimbar Islands of Indonesian. This species has been introduced in the Kai Islands, Indonesian, Puerto Rico and Mexico.


State of conservation ⓘ

Status Near Threatened (UICN)ⓘ

• Current IUCN Red List category: Near-threatened.

• Population trend: Decreasing.

In the Decade of 1970, Japanese loggers ravaged the Islands. Many birds were stunned and disoriented and were captured for pet trade. Although many died from stress during transport, there is still some hope after this ecological disaster, since many cockatoos managed to reproduce in the programs of captive breeding. So, there are now more specimens in captivity than in their natural habitat.

This species has a range very small, but its population is severely fragmented or restricted to a few places. Despite suffering from the pressure of his capture, seems to have maintained a large population. But, the degradation of the habitat, trapping and continuous persecution is likely to be causing a moderate reduction of the population. Therefore it is classified as Near-threatened.

There is a conservation plan in endemic parrots Tanimbar Islands, Indonesian, financed by LORO PARQUE FUNDACIÓN

"Tanimbar corella" in captivity:

You can show a fearful beginning, but you quickly get used to their caregiver, turning into a very cockatoo sweet, playful, sometimes inquisitive and very active. Enjoy being observed, being the center of the world, like all cockatoos. His cry is not nice, but this little cockatoo is quickly forgiven everything as his antics and bad manners will surprise us and make us laugh.

Has the continuing need to fly so you need a large space.


A Tanimbar corella, without previous training, open five types different locks:

The incredible mechanical intelligence of the Tanimbar cockatoos 1

The incredible mechanical intelligence of Tanimbar Cockatoo

Alternative names:

Tanimbar Cockatoo, Goffin’s cackatoo, Goffin’s Cockatoo, Tanimbar Corella (ingles).
Cacatoès de Goffin (French).
Goffinkakadu, Goffin-Kakadu (German).
Cacatua-de-goffin (Portuguese).
Cacatúa de las Tanimbar, Cacatúa de Tanimbar (español).

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Cacatuidae
Genus: Cockatoo
Scientific name: Cacatua goffiniana
Citation: Roselaar,CS & Michaels, 2004
Protonimo: Cacatua goffiniana

Images Tanimbar Cockatoo:

Species of the genus Cacatua

Avibase, BirdLife.org, faunadex
– Photos: sciencio.com, Marah09013 (Wikipedia),
– Sounds: Frank Lambert (Xeno-canto)

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