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Will Wild Birds Reject Baby Birds That Have Been Touched By Humans?

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Posted October 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM via web

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Will Wild Birds Reject Baby Birds That Have Been Touched By Humans?

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Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM (Answer #1)

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No. Contrary to popular belief, birds generally will not reject hatchlings touched by human hands. The best thing to do for a newborn bird that has fallen or has been pushed out of the nest is to locate the nest as quickly as possible and gently put the bird back in.

Source: Merilees, Bill. Attracting Backyard Wildlife, p. 138.

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