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If I don’t pick up a baby bird, will my cat or dog kill it?

It might if it gets the chance. The best thing to do is to keep your pet inside, or leashed well away from the fledgling until the bird is gone. This helpless stage lasts at most a few days, and if you leave the young bird under the care of its parents, it will have a far greater chance of thriving over a lifetime.

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All About Birds
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American Kestrel by Blair Dudeck / Macaulay Library