Homing pigeon ‘Bermuda Triangle’ explained

by Rebecca on March 27, 2013

in Animals in the News

By Rebecca MorelleScience reporter, BBC World Service

Homing pigeon

Homing pigeons are remarkable navigators – but when released from Jersey Hill in the US they kept on getting lost

For years, scientists have been baffled as to why the usually excellent navigators get lost when released from a particular site in New York State.

But new research suggests the birds are using low frequency sounds to find their way around – and they cannot hear the rumble at this US location.

The study is published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

The lead author of the paper, Dr Jonathan Hagstrum, from the US Geological Survey, said that the birds were creating “acoustic maps” of their surroundings.

Read more at: BBC News

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