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Wait, How Exactly Do Carrier Pigeons Work?

Updated 15 Sep 2017 10.7k views11 items

You probably think of pigeons as a nuisance. The city-dwelling birds are typically considered everything but useful. But study up on the science of carrier pigeons, and you might just find a newfound appreciation for these secretly interesting birds.

What are carrier pigeons? These birds are trained to consistently find their way home, and thanks to some handy directional abilities, they can be used to deliver messages. Many people, from civilians to military officials to spies, have used carrier pigeons throughout history.

But how do carrier pigeons work? How could they manage to lift messages, and how do pigeons navigate? Thanks to new research, people can fully appreciate how these oft-maligned birds have contributed to communication through the ages.

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