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

Jul 26, 2007 ... The myth derives from the belief that birds can detect human scent. ... in response to touch, [but] they will abandon [their offspring and their nest] in ... "In general, wild animals bond with their young and do not quickly abandon ... If you suspect that a rabbit's nest has been abandoned, the Humane Society ...

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.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 ...

infocraver.com/2010/08/will-birds-return-if-you-touch-nest

Aug 2, 2010 ... It's always been said that you should never touch a bird's eggs, or its nest, in fear the parents will not return to take care of it. Well… Recently we ...

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 .... What you should not do is take the little guys inside and try to care for them ...

www.csmonitor.com/2000/0126/p12s6.html

Jan 26, 2000 ... "If there were an exception to the [Migratory Bird Act of 1918] - 'you can take a robin's nest but not a peregrine falcon's ' - it would be a lot harder ...

animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/will-birds-abandon-their-young-if-humans-disturb-the-nest.htm

If you're terrified of birds (they have claws like jungle animals and jaws that crack nuts, people), you probably have no problem with the "don't touch the baby bird ...

sites.psu.edu/siowfa14/2014/10/24/do-birds-abandon-their-young-if-touched-by-humans

Oct 24, 2014 ... He states, “If a bird's nest is disturbed by a potential predator during the ... birds can identify the smell of humans, when in reality, birds don't ... “Birds don't have a very strong sense of smell, so you won't leave a ... Regardless of the fact that birds will not abandon their young after being touched by a human, ...