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    Cigarettes for Nests

    NewsBird NewsWednesday 05 December 2012
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    Birds in cities have started using cigarettes butts to build their nests. The nicotine from the cigarettes acts as a repellent to insects and also provides great insulation for the winter months ahead. 

    From research in Mexico city, scientists are able to reports that small birds will use around 10 butts per nest. This would be a bird such as a finch. 

    Research was carried out to find the benefits to the cigarette butts in the nest. Here they found the nicotine was  repelling insects, as the chemical does in the tobacco plant. Nicotine can be used on crops to manage insects and parasites. 

     

    For more information, visit telegraph

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