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UPDATE 8/11/12: Oh my, I'm such a lucky bird! I have an adoption pending to the most wonderful home. Please check out all the other African Greys who are waiting for their perfect home.
Update 1/17/12: Hi,, it's me, Belle! I used to be called "Duke", but guess what? I'm a girl! So, I'm starting all over with a new name. I'm in a new foster home, too. My new foster mom says I'm very beautiful (blush!) and very sweet. I'm still settling into my new home and learning the ropes here. I don't step up yet, but I think I might very soon. Please check back soon for more updates on the new me!
. Update December, 2011: Hi, Duke here. I'm available as a single now. My old buddy Timi got adopted leaving me on my own. I'm looking for a new buddy now. I hope it can be you!
Hi! My name is Duke. I am a 23 year old wild caught Timneh African Grey. I was surrendered to Mickaboo with my buddy Dee Bee the Amazon, and we are both looking to find a new home with someone who can spend a lot of quality time with us. My friend Dee Bee is going to need a lot of TLC and is considered a special needs bird, so we understand if we can't be adopted out together. But if you have a special place in your heart, and the time to care for two large birds, we would be so thrilled to be cherished family members in your home!
I am quite the talker, and I love to jabber (especially when you are not in the room). My previous caregiver told Mickaboo that I speak in sentences, so as you can see, I am a very intelligent parrot. I am a bit "bald" right now from overzealous preening of my feathers, but my foster dad says my feathers are starting to slowly grow back. Who knows, with lots of attention and foraging activities to keep my mind off of plucking, I may just lose interest in pulling out my feathers when I get bored. Since I have been living with my foster dad and his son, I am completely off my seed diet, and have been eating all kinds of yummy pellets, fruits and veggies. My foster dad has taught me that these foods are really good for me and at the same time, they are tasty too! And of course, what African Grey wouldn't like nuts of all kinds. These are my favorite treats!
I haven't had a lot of handling for a while, and tend to prefer women over men, but I am slowly learning to trust my foster dad and his son, and at the same time, I'm learning that they are pretty nice guys. I will definitely need to live with someone who is sensitive to my needs, but with lots of love, patience, and daily work, I can learn to trust again and will be the jewel of a bird that I know I can be. So what do you say? Do you have what it takes to take in and love a special bird like myself? The time and commitment you put in for me will come back a hundred times fold!
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