Homing pigeons with their natural GPS

Homing pigeons with their natural GPS
A pigeon breeder said that the pigeon has an excellent GPS in its body which means it has a knack for navigation. That is the reason for the term homing pigeon because the pigeon can go back home even in long distance. In the olden days, pigeons were used to send messages. In the second world war, the homing pigeon is let loose to bring a coded message to other friendly troops.

In this modern times, the pigeon is used in racing. Hundreds of pigeons are joined with an entry fee and the winner gets the prize. The distance of the race is more than 100 kilometers that takes 3 or more days for the racing pigeon to cover. It is unthinkable for the racing pigeon to travel that far with no logistics. But they always reach home barring accidental deaths. Truly the pigeon is the master of aerial navigation.


This only proves that all human technology took inspiration from nature. The same thing happens with bats. They have a natural sonar and used it way before the actual sonar came around. Nature is fantastic and observing and learning from it is extremely clever
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-08-2017
That's right, we should observe nature instead of destroying it like we're always doing nowadays. It holds a lot of interesting surprises like this one, it shows us we can really learn a lot from it. Who knows, maybe another animal might have some kind of radar we might be able to use in the future!
Posted by Tania997 on 11-09-2017
I have read about using pigeons as a messenger in the ancient times. These stories always surprised me because I always wondered how could the pigeon reach the destination. So, pigeon reached the destination because they have natural GPS system. That's really interesting. I have never bread pigeons, however, when I was a child I wanted to raise pigeons in my farm house. However, I was stopped by my parents because they said pigeons will make our yard dirty.
Posted by vinaya on 11-08-2017
Really,never read about pigeons having a GPS but I have read that they were used as messengers in years past.Alright I understand why they could successfully delivered their message and get home safety the power of navigation. This is nice wouldn't forget that.
Posted by lovely on 11-08-2017
Yes. In past they were being used for navigating the places. And it was something that many people have found useful as well. You can see that GPS is something that people have to properly navigate as well. It;d be harder to understand this though considering how the pigeons are being breed and kept in captivity. So they may have navigational issues as well.
Posted by overcast on 11-09-2017
I'm every day impressed how little creatures have awesome skills like this. Those animals don't have the cognitive skill like us but they have their instinct. I always wondered how people trained pigeons to send letters and messages all over the world.
Posted by cubo on 11-09-2017
Yes, I think birds in general, and homing pigeons in particular have much better direction detection then we people do. It just seems to be something innate within the bird that lets them do this. IF people had these kind of detectors they would never get lost. We also wouldn't have to spend money on GPS devices. We would probably all like that!
Posted by kgord on 11-09-2017
Homing pigeons have always fascinated me because throughout history they were used to carry messages. In fact there's war memorials dedicated to them in various parts of Europe because of their service in WWI and even some parts of WWII. I'm kinda sad that these days people just brush them off instead of embracing them and the pigeon racing scene is dying out and soon I fear that it'll be a dead and forgotten art to something that was so vital for centuries in communication.
Posted by Rhodolite on 11-09-2017
IT shows that the technology of we have today like flying were learnt from the way the pigeon was able to travel and navigate long distance without missing its way.
Posted by babyright on 11-09-2017
All I know is that pigeons have been used since ancient times for carrying messages. How they accomplish their mission is a mystery to me. A wonderful mystery.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-09-2017
Nature is indeed amazing. I am intrigued by a pigeon's ability to travel great distance and back without missing its way. Or knowing the right place to stop as it's destination.
Posted by jeiss on 11-11-2017
Pigeons are truly amazing when it comes to navigation. They have a natural GPS that is even better because it is complemented by their extraordinary eyesight. When the pigeon is traveling, it can discern the location by remembering the objects down below. And when some of the objects have changed, they will still know because of their instinct of finding the location and the right direction.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-01-2018
I have a knack for all these adventure movies and in these movies I happen to see how pigeons and birds are used to send messages which keeps me wondering how possible that is? Does the pigeon actually know where it's being sent to deliver the message? This is something that has defied my understanding how possible it is. When I was still a teenager, we normally hunt pigeons as games, I actually caught a few using traps where they always come to drink water but I always set mine free.
Posted by Martinsx on 01-29-2018
I always found it pretty crazy how birds and other animals have the innate ability to navigate across the entire world without getting lost. The more astounding thing is that scientists still don’t really understand how they do it. An interesting theory proposed by some New Age spiritualists is that thanks to the pineal gland (a gland find in all vertebrates), animals basically have an internal sensor that allows them to navigate through the Earth’s magnetic field. We humans have this gland as well, which is why certain hallucinations and other sensory experiences can be triggered when exposed to strong magnetic fields.
Posted by Denis_P on 07-28-2018
I have an uncle that have hundreds of pigeons on his land and he is very much happy with them. He often goes to racing tournaments and allow his pigeons to join and his pigeons are winning some of this tournaments.
Posted by fishbate on 08-02-2018
I have watched a whole lot of movies where this kind of scenario played out. I mean a situation where having a pigeon is one good thing that we know. I mean it is that type of situation as you will always be in that category where you will be able to enjoy some good times as a result of getting the birds return back after being out for a particular period of time.
Posted by Barida on 08-02-2018