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gamblers are greedy
2014-08-29 03:00:32

Tom Frew, University of Warwick Gamblers show the same tendencies as pigeons when they make risky decisions, new research has shown. Researchers, led by Dr. Elliot Ludvig of the University of Warwick's Department of Psychology, conducted tests that found that both human gamblers and pigeons were 35% more likely to gamble for high-value than low-value rewards. Published in Biology Letters, the researchers argue that the test results show the important role that memories of previous...

2014-07-29 23:02:36

The recent update from Google, aimed at improving local listings, has caused quite a stir among webmasters; the guide shows what the Pigeon update is about and how exactly site optimizers should adapt their SEO strategies for the changes. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014 Link-Assistant.Com, the leading SEO software provider and the company behind SEO PowerSuite, today released a guide on the recent search algorithm update from Google. Rolled out on July 25, 2014, Pigeon is a core...

2014-07-26 23:00:28

Stupid Pigeon has already conquered more than 15 million players worldwide and is now back on iOS with Raider of The Lost Egg. Still crazy, still casual, still social! Cupertino, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2014 French social and mobile gaming studio Adictiz unveils Stupid Pigeon 2: Raider of The Lost Egg on iOS, 4 years after the stunning launch of the first episode of Stupid Pigeon on Facebook! IT’S ALL ABOUT THE – CRAZY – PITCH It is on a bright sunny morning that Stupid Pigeon discovers...

2014-07-17 16:04:51

BioMed Central The mysterious spotted green pigeon (Caloenas maculata) was a relative of the dodo, according to scientists who have examined its genetic make-up. The authors say their results, published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, support a theory that both birds are descended from 'island hopping' ancestors. The only known example of the spotted green pigeon is the Liverpool pigeon, which is currently in the World Museum, Liverpool. The only other known...

2014-04-04 23:28:28

MickaCoo, a pigeon and dove rescue organization, is now receiving funding from Animal Support, a charity co-founded by Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi. Operating in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, MickaCoo saves the lives of domestic pigeons and doves by providing avian vet care, foster homes, and placement into non-breeding, not-sporting, forever homes. (PRWEB) April 03, 2014 Animal Support, co-founded by Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi, is a new supporter of MickaCoo...

2014-01-29 16:24:18

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dove Foundation, which is largely known for its signature blue and white Dove Seal on family-friendly movies, today announced the appointment of Steve Sammons as Chief Marketing Officer. In this new role, Sammons, who will be based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for the innovation and implementation of integrated growth strategies for new products and communication channels, as well as new branding initiatives. "Steve is a...

How Do Pigeons Learn Their Way Around?
2014-01-22 11:54:29

University of Oxford A study has found that homing pigeons' ability to remember routes depends on the complexity of the landscape below, with hedges and boundaries between urban and rural areas providing ideal landmarks for navigation. Researchers from Oxford University, the Zoological Society of London and Uppsala University, Sweden released 31 pigeons from four sites around Oxford for an average of 20 flights each. The study, published in Biology Letters this week, found that pigeons...

Homing Pigeons Follow Their Noses
2013-11-06 12:14:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A scientist writing in the journal Biogeosciences suggests that homing pigeons may using their noses to help guide them back home. Birds are known to use tools like the sun and Earth’s magnetic field to help them navigate around. Homing pigeons are king of this category and were even used by spies in World War II to help deliver messages in and out of war zones. However, the skill homing pigeons possess to help navigate the skies has...

2013-09-25 23:38:16

On-demand training website http://www.atdove.org provides all veterinary professionals with access to high-quality videos featuring real cases handled by practicing experts in the industry. Portland, OR (PRWEB) September 25, 2013 A new approach to veterinary training, On the Floor @Dove, now offers free trials to its website, giving any veterinary professional in the world instant access to engaging training videos and tools for seven days. “On the Floor @Dove is incredibly informative...

Homing Pigeons Fly Home Using Mental Map
2013-07-25 11:18:13

University of Zurich Homing pigeons fly off from an unknown place in unfamiliar territory and still manage to find their way home. Their ability to find their way home has always been fascinating to us humans. Despite intensive research, it is not yet definitively clear where this unusual gift comes from. All we know is that homing pigeons and migratory birds determine their flight direction with the help of the Earth's magnetic field, the stars and the position of the sun. As Nicole...


Latest Columbidae Reference Libraries

Liverpool Pigeon, Caloenas maculata
2014-09-10 10:48:08

The Liverpool Pigeon or the Spotted Green Pigeon (Caloenas maculata) is a presumed extinct pigeon species of unknown provenance. Currently, it is only known from a single specimen reposited in the World Museum of the National Museums Liverpool; this specimen is presumed to have been collected from French Polynesia sometime between 1783 and 1823. The Liverpool Pigeon was initially mentioned in the work A General Synopsis of Birds by John Latham and scientifically named by Johann Friedrich...

Mauritius Blue Pigeon, Alectroenas nitidissima
2014-04-18 12:27:42

The Mauritius Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas nitidissima) is an extinct species of blue pigeon previously native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean eastwards of Madagascar. It has two extinct relatives from the Mascarenes and three living ones from other islands. It is the type species of the genus of blue pigeons, Alectroenas. It had white colored hackles around the head, neck, and breast and blue colored feathers on the body, and it was red on the tail and the...

Choiseul Pigeon, Microgoura meeki
2014-04-18 11:39:05

The Choiseul Pigeon or Solomon’s Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It was native to the islands of Choiseul located in the Solomon Islands, although there are unsubstantiated reports that it might have once lived on several nearby islands. The pigeon was monotypic within the genus Microgoura and had no known subspecies. The closest living relative is believed to be the Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, and some...

Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius
2014-04-18 10:16:19

The Passenger Pigeon or the Wild Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) is an extinct North American bird. The species resided in enormous migratory flocks until the early 20th century, when hunting and habitat destruction led to its demise. One flock in 1866 in southern Ontario was described as being 1 mile wide and 300 miles long, took 14 hours to pass, and held more than 3.5 billion birds. That number, if it is accurate, would likely represent a large fraction of the entire population at that...

Pink Pigeon, Columba mayeri
2009-06-04 23:10:27

The Pink Pigeon (Columba mayeri) is a species of bird of the Columbidae family, which includes doves and pigeons. It is endemic to Mauritius and is very rare. It is found only on the Mascarene Island of Mauritius. Once being found on the larger Reunion Island, it is now extinct there. It is found in patches of forest in the National Park area to the southwest, and in the nature reserve Ile aux Aigrettes off the southeast coast of Mauritius. There are plans to release some individuals in the...

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