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Name: Jesse B.
Status: other
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2000-2001


Question:
Which birds will abandon their eggs if they detect the human scent on them?


Replies:
The notion that animals will abandon eggs or young if they have been handled by humans is an old-wives-tale that actually serves a useful purpose. I do not know of any evidence that birds or other animals react to the scent of humans on eggs or young, but handling either often does disrupt the animals from fear and disturbance, and may cause the adult to abandon the area. However if it is necessary to move a nest to prevent its destruction that can sometimes be done.

J. Elliott


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