homing pigeon

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homing pigeon

any breed of pigeon developed for its homing instinct, used for carrying messages or for racing
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New research publishing June 18 in the open-access journal, PLOS Biology, led by Dr Lucy Taylor from the University of Oxford's Department of Zoology now reveals that homing pigeons fit in one extra wingbeat per second when flying in pairs compared to flying solo.
This well-researched historical novel presents a wealth of period detail and develops a romantic story inspired by the actual discovery, reported in newspapers more than a half century after the war, of the skeleton of an English homing pigeon carrying a still-legible coded message which has yet to be decoded.
Llanbradach councillor Colin Mann said he has been advised by the Welsh Homing Pigeon Union that the birds cannot be moved.
When he moved to Worcester in 2005, he said that it was hard to find homing pigeons. A local member of the Central Massachusetts club gave him a few birds and got him into the club.
The researchers loaded homing pigeons with GPS data loggers and released the birds from an unfamiliar place 19 to 30 kilometers away from home.
| Homing pigeons are bred to find their way home from long distances away and have been used for thousands of years to carry messages.
Experiments over the past 40 years have shown that homing pigeons get disoriented when their sense of smell is impaired or when they don't have access to natural winds at their home site.
Day and officials from the National Pigeon Racing Association attempted to explain the problem to the bureaucrats in little bitty simple words, like, "They're homing pigeons for Pete's sake!
Raising carrier pigeons, also called homing pigeons, is a common hobby in China.
Homing pigeons - worth pounds 20 to pounds 1000 - can travel up to 400 miles in a day, using magnetic fields to help them navigate.