Study confirms pigeon navigation theory

Posted on Friday, November 26 2004 @ 0:16 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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

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