Thursday April 24 2014
Science Photo of the Day #842

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Is it true that touching a baby bird will cause the parents to abandon it?



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I think that they will abandon the birds or eggs AND the nest my sister told me that and I think it is true.

I am not really sure but I

I am not really sure but I think they will attack the think that touches them?

So not true:P

It is SO not true!
Birds have a very poor sense of smell,so how can they smell a humans scent?
:P
So it is not true:)

Queen Lucy of Narnia

A.K.A Grace G.
Homeschooler
Age:14

Depends on the type of bird.

Depends on the type of bird.

Not true.

A mother bird will NOT abandon it's babies if they are touched by humans. That is just a myth.
Evan

poor baby birds

Auctally I say yes. Humans have different scents then birds or alligators or even each other. Touching a baby bird will cause the parents and other birds to fly or run away from it. Touching a VERY YOUNG baby bird can also kill it. I know this is sad but it's true. :( :( :(

Chloe (11)

I don't really know.

It may have to do with things that is on your hands. (Grease, dirt, ect) The mother might find that as another baby bird that does not belong to her. I think it is the smell of the things that is on the baby bird, or the look.

do mother birds recognize ther babies when they are touched

no the mother bird doesn't recognize her babies
leland age 7

I think it is true.

I think that when a human touches a baby bird, the bird gets human scent on it and the mother will not recognize the baby's smell. Griffin age 9

Smell

Most birds cannot smell very good at all.

Well.

Cannot smell very WELL. Not GOOD!

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yes,because the smell of a human will make the mother leave because when the baby is born,it has a certain smell so when a human smell gets onto the baby,the mom's baby bird won't recognize the smell.:(
Nolan (9)

it is true

yes it is sadly true

yes, the parents will abandon

yes, the parents will abandon it because of the smell of human hand.

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We recently watched an interview in which staff members at a wild bird recovery center in our area were interviewed and they answered NO to that very question. One of the staff members said that many birds don't have a good sense of smell and that their instinct to care for their young is very strong. And while they didn't recommend handling baby birds they said it would be OK to gently and carefully return a baby to the nest if it looked like it had fallen out. They also recommended watching the nest to see if the parent(s) returned and calling wild bird recovery if they didn't.

why would it

I never heard of that. Probably not.

Hmm...

I have no idea. That is what everyone says though so I am really not sure. Is it some certain types of birds that would abandon it, and some other types that wouldn't?

Will touching a baby bird cause parents to abandon it?

We believe that when a human touches a baby bird their scent is rubbed off and the mother doesn't recognize it any longer.
Ms. Tagye's Class

Yes, it will because the

Yes, it will because the smell of your hand will stay on the baby bird. and so the babies parents will not recognize it and will think it is some other birds baby

touch a baby bird

No, it's just something adults tell kids, so they won't accidentially hurt it. Usually, the baby bird is learning how to fly, and has a parent nearby.

yes it will

if you touch it, it will smell like your hand and because it smells different, the birds parents will not know it is their babies so yes they will abandon them because their babies will smell totally different to them but not to us

baby birds

No

bird

IT is true that if you touch a baby bird will cause the parents to abandon it.

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No, birds do not have a good sense of smell

We don't think it is true.

We don't think it is true.

baby birds

I think it does cause the parents to abandon the baby, so that's why I do not touch them or pick them up.

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