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Why will a mother bird abandon its chick if touched by a human?

Category: Biology      Published: December 9, 2012

Birds won't abandon chicks touched by humans. Public Domain Image, source: EPA.

A mother bird will not abandon its chick if touched by a human. Many birds have a limited sense of smell and will not be aware that a human has come near their chicks unless they see it happen. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, it's best to leave birds alone anyways. A bird with feathers can take care of itself even if it does not seem to be flying much. A bird found out of its nest that has not grown its feathers yet should be placed back in its nest, rather than taken indoors and adopted by humans.

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