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www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-birds-abandon-young-at-human-touch

Jul 26, 2007 ... No matter how flighty birds appear, they do not readily abandon their young, especially not in response to human touch, says Frank B. Gill, former ... "If a bird's nest is disturbed by a potential predator during the nesting or egg-laying stage ... The myth derives from the belief that birds can detect human scent.

www.snopes.com/critters/wild/babybird.asp

Origins: Children are routinely cautioned that they must not touch baby birds ... sense of smell and cannot detect human scent, or if they can detect it, do not react to it. (If you handle bird eggs while the mother is away from the nest, mama bird ...

www.livescience.com/33620-baby-bird-touch-mother-abandon.html

Dec 6, 2011 ... You were taught not to touch baby birds, but is there any real ... If the chick is clearly out of the nest too soon, the rescue-minded should call a ...

mentalfloss.com/article/29055/if-you-touch-baby-bird-will-its-mother-really-abandon-it

Baby birds would regularly fall from their nests onto the deck, and would lie there ... Birds will not readily abandon their young because they “smell humans. ... What you should not do is take the little guys inside and try to care for them yourself.

www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=426

A: This is essentially a myth, but one that no doubt started to help prevent ... Touching animals can also result in diseases passing from wildlife to humans, or vice versa. However, if you do inadvertently happen to touch a bird's egg or nest, rest ...

www.quora.com/Why-shouldnt-you-touch-a-baby-bird

If the bird has feathers, it's most likely a fledgling and has been pushed out of the nest. You ... pushed out of the nest. You should leave it where it is. The parents are nearby and feeding it, whether or not you can see them. The bird may not be  ...

www.quora.com/Do-birds-really-break-their-eggs-if-humans-touch-or-displace-them-a-little-bit

No, not at all. This probably stems from countless generations of mothers trying to get their kids ... In fact wildlife conservationists routinely check nests, eggs, and babies. ... No. I think that this myth stems from the belief that birds can detect human scent. ... Having said that, this gives you no good reason to touch the eggs or ...

boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=612105

You can touch bird eggs and the mother will hatch them. ... But the nest should not be moved to a new location, not even one nearby, as that ...

www.reddit.com/r/IsItBullshit/comments/4ari3g/isitbullshit_touching_baby_birds_in_a_birds_nest

Mar 17, 2016 ... There is a birds nest with baby birds in it on my back porch. ... obviously badly injured or extremely distressed should you take steps to help it; in such a case you should ... Angry mama birds do not care about size differences.

thewildlife.wbur.org/2014/06/24/when-to-help-a-baby-bird-and-when-to-leave-it-alone

Jun 24, 2014 ... This baby sparrow, found on the ground, had no parents feeding him over an ... if a young bird has been touched by people and will not abandon their young. If there's no nest, you can make one by fastening a small wicker ...