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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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.
But their behavior early in flight was a surprise: The homing pigeons without hippocampi flew toward home as if on autopilot, Gagliardo says.
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.
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.
HOMING pigeons have inspired Tyneside's latest music project.
Mrs Jones, 57, who keeps a total of 100 homing pigeons, said: "It was really kind of the gentleman to do what he did, most people wouldn't bother these days.
Short articles explain how homing pigeons navigate, efforts to teach whooping cranes to migrate, and the conservation of shorebirds, among others.
Devastated Jimmy Wilkinson, 61, lost his entire flock of homing pigeons when yobs torched his timber frame loft in Kier Hardie Way, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland.
It has been suggested as a navigation aid in homing pigeons and aquatic species such as whales, sharks and tunas.
He said: "The racing of homing pigeons has been supported by the Royal Family for many years and the Royal Lofts at Sandringham are a testimony to this sport.