Latest Homing pigeon Stories
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.
A scientist writing in the journal Biogeosciences suggests that homing pigeons may using their noses to help guide them back home.
Homing pigeons fly off from an unknown place in unfamiliar territory and still manage to find their way home.
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.
Iron containing short nerve branches in the upper beak of birds may serve as a magnetometer to measure the vector of the Earth magnetic field (intensity and inclination) and not only as a magnetic compass, which shows the direction of the magnetic field lines.
A South African company says it found a carrier pigeon carried data faster than its Internet service. The South African newspaper Beeld said staff at Unlimited IT in Durban, frustrated with the speed of its ADSL service provided by Telkom, set out to see if an 11-month-old pigeon named Winston could get a 4GB memory stick 60 miles away faster than it would take to have the same amount of data transmitted via broadband, the BBC reported Thursday. It took Winston 1 hour, 8 minutes to fly from...
Using a "neurologger" specially designed to record the brain activity of pigeons in flight, researchers reporting online on June 25th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have gained new insight into what goes through the birds' minds as they fly over familiar terrain.
Pigeons with backpacks and cell phones will be taking to the sky and sending air quality data to a blog as part of a whimsical project that blends science, art and activism.
The Rock Pigeon, Columba livia, is a member of the bird family Columbidae. It has a restricted natural resident range in western and southern Europe, North Africa, and into southwest Asia. The domesticated Rock Pigeon, known as the feral or domestic pigeon, has been widely introduced elsewhere, and is common all over the world. The species was first introduced to North America in 1606 at Port Royal, Acadia (now Nova Scotia). The Rock Pigeon is 11.5 to 14 inches long with a 24.5 to 26.75...