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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...


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