can birds pick up their eggs

Birds and their nests are a marvel of nature, but have you ever wondered, can birds move their eggs? It’s an excellent question that takes us into the world of birds and how they take care of their eggs.

In this blog, we’ll look at all kinds of bird nests. You’ll learn about birds like ducks and plovers that move their eggs to safe places and about birds like robins and mourning doves that keep their eggs in one spot.

We’ll talk about why they do this, what can go wrong, and clear up some myths, too. Join us to learn about how birds look after their eggs!

If I handle a baby bird, won’t its parents pick up my scent and abandon it?

It is untrue that parents of birds will abandon their young after they have come into contact with humans. Since most birds have poor senses of smell, they typically use appearance and sound cues to identify their young. Restoring a fallen nestling to its nest or removing a fledgling from danger and putting it in a tree or shrub is completely safe. However, please see the answer to the question about what to do if you come across a baby bird, as it’s still preferable to avoid handling a baby bird unless absolutely required.

What should I do if I find an “abandoned” baby bird?

Almost everyone who spends time outside eventually comes across a baby bird—one that is struggling to fly and appears lost or abandoned. Our first instinct is to adopt the defenseless animal, but doing so frequently causes more harm than good and, most of the time, the young bird is perfectly fine without our assistance.

Determine whether it’s a fledgling or a nestling as a priority first. It’s a nestling if it has few feathers and is unable to walk, hop, flutter, or cling firmly to your finger. If so, the nest is almost certainly nearby. Reunite the bird with its nest as soon as you can, even if it’s well hidden. Dont worry—parent birds do not recognize their young by smell!.

A bird is a fledgling if it has feathers, can hop or flit, and can hold firmly onto a twig or your finger. Typically, fledglings are cuddly and fluffy, with a small tail stub. It’s simple to assume that the bird has been abandoned and is in need of you. However, fledglings require a unique diet in addition to learning from their parents about vocalizations and behavior—things we are unable to provide.

Thankfully, the great majority of “abandoned” baby birds are fledglings in perfect health. Their parents are nearby and watching out for them. The parents might be caring for four or five children who are dispersed throughout the area, but they will probably come back to tend to the child you have located not long after you depart.

Even if you happen to spot the nest, it is not a good idea to put the fledgling back in because they rarely return. They will just hop back out. Usually, the only action that needs to be taken to protect the bird is to place it on a nearby perch. After you leave, one of the fledglings’ parents will come back and tend to it because they make sounds that their parents can identify.

If you have found both parents dead or are otherwise absolutely certain that the bird was orphaned, then your best course of action is to bring it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Detailed Exploration of Egg-Moving Behaviors

This section explains how birds, ranging in size from plovers to swans, use their feet or beaks to cleverly move their eggs. We also learn about grebes, brush turkeys, doves, and pigeons, each of which has a special method for moving their eggs in response to environmental difficulties so that their future offspring survive and are safe.


Can birds carry their eggs?

Birds do not have hands, so they cannot physically carry their eggs. Instead, they use their beaks and feet to carefully move the eggs to a new location. In the case of doves, they may have felt that the eggs were not safe on your windowsill and decided to move them to a more secure location.

Will a mother bird come back if you touch her eggs?

In most cases, the parents are nearby and may be waiting for you to leave the area. Touching animals can also result in diseases passing from wildlife to humans, or vice versa. However, if you do inadvertently happen to touch a bird’s egg or nest, rest assured that your scent alone won’t cause the parents to flee.

Will a bird come back to a disturbed nest with eggs?

Birds may leave their nest if they are scared off or if they need to feed. After they’ve been scared off, birds almost always return to their nest and resume incubating after the threat has passed.

Will a bird remove an egg from its nest?

When bird parents realize that their egg(s) isn’t going to hatch, they remove them, eat them, or bury them. 99% of the time, bluebirds, for example, build a new nest on top of their nonviable eggs.