Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 13, 2021

Sneaky Thieves Steal Hair From Foxes, Raccoons, Dogs, Even You 

The New York Times reports

It’s simple: Mammals have hair or fur. Birds want it.

Hair from dogs, raccoons and even humans has been found in the nests of birds, which scientists believe makes the nests better insulated. For a long time, scientists assumed that birds had to collect hair that had been shed or scavenge it from mammal carcasses. However, a new study, published last week in the journal Ecology, shows that several species of bird, including chickadees and titmice, don’t just scavenge hair, they steal it.

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