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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Steve, 45, said: "They're homing pigeons, so they came home.
You don't have to be a genius to know homing pigeons return home.
GCHQ, the British intelligence organisation, confirmed that this code, found on the leg of a homing pigeon, had yet to be deciphered.
Homing pigeons are thought by some to have magnetic particles in their beak which enables them to use the Earth's magnetic field, the stars and the position of the sun to determine their flight direction.
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.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Homing pigeons, like other birds, are extraordinary navigators, but how they manage to find their way back to their lofts is still debated.
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
Wherever we wandered, we were homing pigeons, there is no place like home.
Homing pigeons - worth pounds 20 to pounds 1000 - can travel up to 400 miles in a day, using magnetic fields to help them navigate.