How do homing pigeons find their way home?

Browse → Animals → Birds
Homing pigeons are a special type of bird that have a really amazing ability. No matter where they go, even if they're sent to a strange place they've never been before, they can always find their way back to their nests.

How the pigeons find their way is still a bit of a mystery, but there are a few main ideas. One is that the pigeon has a special sense, like a compass. It can sense the magnetic energy of the Earth and know which way it's going and how to get there.

Another idea is that the homing pigeon uses a strong sense of smell and can sense familiar smells that get carried by the winds. By following those smells, it can find its way home.


Pigeons also use their eyes a lot, and they can rely on the Sun to give them a sense of direction.

Even though it's still a bit of a mystery, the fact that any animal can be dropped off in a strange place and be able to find its way home is very impressive!

by   (whyzz writer)
Didn't find what you were looking for? Ask the Community          Ask friends & family