Scientists believe they have confirmed theories that homing pigeons are able to carry out their long-range navigational feat thanks to tiny magnetic particles in their upper beaks.
Pigeon watchers had squabbled as to whether the birds return to their lofts by using this material — called magnetite — as a microscopic compass, or by using different odors in the atmosphere as signposts. Read more at Discovery
Study confirms pigeon navigation theory
Posted on Friday, November 26 2004 @ 0:16 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck