Photos by Dave Kemp
The Canadian Wildlife Federation's March Wildlife Update has reported that touching a baby bird will not cause the parents to abandon their young. CWF declares the idea to be a myth. Some say this is because birds have a poor sense of smell. However, research is starting to show otherwise. We now know that Turkey Vultures and seabirds have excellent smelling senses. Zebra Finch research show these songbirds can recognize relatives by smell. Is this true of other species? More research is needed on the olfactory capability of all birds. Meanwhile, some birds, such as Turkey Vultures, have incredible senses of smell.
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