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My name is Peanut!

African Grey for adoption in St. Louis, Missouri - Peanut
Photo 1 - African Grey for adoption in St. Louis, Missouri - Peanut
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I'm being cared for by:
St. Louis Avian Rescue (STAR)

Facts about Peanut

  • Breed: African Grey
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Male
Peanut is a 13+ year old, twice rescued Congo African Grey. Having reportedly suffered abuse, he was rescued 13 years ago by a good samaritan who paired him with another African Grey. While Peanut was not regularly handled and never became tame, he did bond strongly with his cagemate and lived peacefully until that bird was killed in a tragic accident.

Peanut came to the rescue extremely fearful - growling and sometimes throwing himself from his perch whenever his cage was approached. Knowing that he had been bonded to another grey, STAR placed Peanut with fosters who themselves had African greys, but Peanut failed to bond with any of these birds.

He has now been placed with a foster who can keep him long term - to work through his fearfulness and help him bond with humans. The foster reports significant progress in the past few months and Peanut no longer reacts negatively to humans approaching his cage. In fact he now takes treats and toys directly from the foster's hands!

He is still fairly nervous about interactions and has moments of fright (particularly when his cage is cleaned or if approached too quickly or in an unexpected way), but he is now very relaxed day to day: playing with toys and grooming in his cage.

When approached slowly, Peanut seems to enjoy gentle, quiet interactions such as being spoken or sung to. He will cautiously take favored treats and even take and toss a ball toy with his fosters.

Peanut is a special needs bird and will need a patient foster experienced with behavior modification techniques and training.

Peanut would likely benefit from a quiet home without too much action.
Peanut may not react well to dogs or other non-avian pets.
Peanut is very quiet - the only noises foster has heard have been quiet clicks and very quiet squeaks (plus the classic grey growl). This is exceptionally strange in a Grey and may be behavioral or physiological. Peanut does not, and may never, talk.

Approx Hatch Date: 2001
Adoption Fee: $400

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About St. Louis Avian Rescue (STAR)

About Our Rescue Group...

While the public has become more familiar with puppy mills and the issue of dog and cat overpopulation, most people are not aware of the plight of homeless companion birds. These animals are victims of over-breeding just as other pet species are, and despite the illegality, many are still wild-caught. In addition to the problems faced by homeless pets of all kinds, birds have the added "burden" of longevity. Parrot species can live thirty, fifty, even eighty years. This increases the likelihood that a bird will have multiple homes in his or her lifetime.

STAR is a 501(c)(3) charity formed to address the issue of homeless birds in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Our volunteers foster a variety of bird species, with the eventual goal of placement in forever homes. We also strive to educate and instruct the public in not only the care of companion birds, but in the appreciation of wild birds as well. We have volunteers who can speak to children and adults on a range of topics.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We regularly hold “Meet the Birds” events, where the public can learn more about us, our birds, and our mission. We also attend community events to inform people about our mission and to show some of our available birds. Those interested in a particular bird can always contact us by phone or e-mail to arrange a meeting with that bird.

Our Adoption Process...

If you are interested in a particular bird, you need to fill out an Adoption Application, which can be found on our website. The application can then be mailed or e-mailed to us. Home visits are required prior to all bird adoptions, and we prefer local adoptions. Also, we will not ship any of our adoptable birds, and we do not adopt to breeders. All references will be checked for all birds. If approved, you must drive to St. Louis, MO to pick up the approved bird. Adoption donations must be paid in cash. (We apologize that we can no longer accept personal checks.) For a range of suggested adoption donations, please see our FAQ page, or contact us to inquire about a specific bird.

One important factor to take into consideration is if you smoke. All animals are negatively affected by tobacco smoke, but birds in particular are susceptible to its effects. In addition to breathing and overall health problems, many birds will obsessively preen in an attempt to rid themselves of the smoke, and the result can be severe feather plucking. If you or another household member smoke, we will not approve the application, and we recommend you not adopt any animal.