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Mutant Gene Responsible For Pigeons' Funky Hair-Dos
2013-02-01 11:09:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study in the journal Science Express, an international team of researchers has sequenced the entire rock pigeon genome, and made some interesting discoveries in the process. "Birds are a huge part of life on Earth, but we know surprisingly little about their genetics," study co-author Michael Shapiro, a biologist at the University of Utah, said in a statement. Using cutting edge sequencing techniques, the...

Infrasound Study Reveals Why Some Homing Pigeons Get Lost
2013-01-31 12:35:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Homing pigeons have been bred to find their way back to a home loft, and despite their reliability, some of these domestic birds are thrown off course from to time. In a new study, Jonathan Hagstrum, from the US Geological Survey (USGS), set out to find why pigeons released from a certain part of New York State always seem to have problems finding their way back home. Hagstrum´s findings, which were recently published in...

Amateur Historian Cracks WWI Pigeon Code
2012-12-17 14:49:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A World War II message found in a fireplace attached to the remains of a dead carrier pigeon is believed to have been decrypted. A Canadian World War II enthusiast says that he has deciphered the message after realizing that a code book held the key to the encryption. Gord Young, editor for the history group Lakefield Heritage Research, says the 1944 note uses a simple World War I code to give information about German troop positions...

2012-09-30 23:00:26

Rockwall County Courthouse Uses Electric Track System to Keep Birds Away For Good (PRWEB) September 30, 2012 Pigeons have long been making the Rockwall County Courthouse their roosting spot, until today. Bird Jolt Flat Track, an electric track bird control system, was installed by A All Animal Control on the courthouse ledges and roof edges. The track system consists of a ¼´ high electric track that is attached to a charger, giving pest birds a small shock when they land on...

Pigeons Being Lost In Birdmuda Triangle
2012-08-30 04:26:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle is a popular one, but another tale is rising high as the "Birdmuda Triangle" begins to catch wind. Hundreds of birds have gone missing in the "Birdmuda Triangle" between Thirsk, Wetherby and Consett in north-east England. Pigeon racers gathered at an event earlier this month, launching their flocks high into the sky, setting them on a pace to pass through the triangle. Only 13 out of the 232...

2012-08-12 23:01:38

An urban school in the midwest had become the favorite roosting spot for large numbers of pigeons. The birds roosted on the school´s roof ledges leaving a mess below. Because the school´s facade is almost entirely windows, the maintenance staff faced the daily task of cleaning them. The company that handles pest control for the city's schools was called in to address the problem. Bird-Shock Flex-Track was installed to successfully deter the birds. Carson, CA (PRWEB) August 12, 2012...


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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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2009-04-07 18:54:51

he Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) is a species of bird native to Australia. It is often spotted over rainforests and valleys, but can also be found around palm trees, figs, eucalyptus forests and other woodlands. They are completely arboreal. They mostly occur from Cape York in Queensland to the South Coast of New South Wales near the coast but have been seen as south as Tasmania and the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, depending on food availability. Though this species is normally...

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