Cacatua goffiniana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cacatua goffiniana
Species Authority: (Finsch, 1863)
Common Name(s):
English Tanimbar Corella, Goffin's Cockatoo, Tanimbar Corella
Spanish Cacatúa de Goffin
Cacatua goffini Collar and Andrew (1988)
Cacatua goffini Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Cacatua goffini BirdLife International (2000)
Cacatua goffini Collar et al. (1994)
Cacatua goffini BirdLife International (2004)
Taxonomic Notes: Spelling of specific name follows Roselaar and Michels (2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Mahood, S., Stattersfield, A., Taylor, J., Temple, H.
This species has a very small range, but its population is not severely fragmented or restricted to a few locations. Despite suffering heavy trapping pressure it appears to have maintained a large population. However, habitat degradation, continued trapping and persecution are likely to be causing a moderately rapid population reduction and it therefore qualifies as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Cacatua goffiniana is restricted to the Banda Sea Islands of Yamdena and Larat (Tanimbar) with an introduced population on Kai, Indonesia. In the 1980s the numbers of birds entering trade annually exceeded 10,000 in some years and there were fears for its security, but the total population is estimated to number 300,000-400,000 individuals.

Puerto Rico; Singapore
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Population [top]

Population: The global population has been estimated to number c.100,000-499,999 (BirdLife International 2001), while the population in Taiwan has been estimated at < c.100 introduced breeding pairs (Brazil 2009).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits forest and agricultural land, feeding on maize crops and roosting in the forest.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss continues apace in the south of Yamdena and this, combined with continued trapping, must be producing a decline. It may be persecuted as a crop pest or hunted for food in some areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix I (1992).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Regularly monitor at certain sites throughout its range to determine population trends. Investigate the extent of trapping and persecution and take appropriate measures, including the use of awareness campaigns, to address these issues. Protect significant areas of suitable forest on all islands where it occurs.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Cacatua goffiniana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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