Dodos and spotted green pigeons are descendants of an island hopping bird
The mysterious spotted green pigeon (Caloenas maculata) was a relative of the dodo, according to scientists who have examined its genetic make-up. The authors say their results, published in the open access ...
Die-offs of band-tailed pigeons connected to newly discovered parasite
A new pathogen has been discovered by scientists investigating major die-offs of pigeons native to North America, according to studies led by the University of California, Davis, and the California Department ...
All gone: How erasing billions of birds shocked us
It was the moment that humanity learned we had the awesome power to erase an entire species off the face of the Earth in the scientific equivalent of a blink of an eye: The passenger pigeon went from billions ...
Huge population fluctuations could have preceded passenger pigeon extinction
Electromagnetic noise leaves birds lost in migration, study reports
Radio waves disrupt the magnetic "compass" in robins, according to a study published on Wednesday that is likely to fuel debate about the safety of electronic devices.
Explainer: How do homing pigeons navigate?
Pigeons have extraordinary navigational abilities. Take a pigeon from its loft and let it go somewhere it has never been before and it will, after circling in the sky for while, head home. This remarkable ...
Study finds pigeons and other animals can place everyday things in categories like humans
Pinecone or pine nut? Friend or foe? Distinguishing between the two requires that we pay special attention to the telltale characteristics of each. And as it turns out, us humans aren't the only ones up to ...
Birds of a different color: Three major genes set feather hue in pigeons
Scientists at the University of Utah identified mutations in three key genes that determine feather color in domestic rock pigeons. The same genes control pigmentation of human skin.
Landscape complexity affects pigeons' navigation
(Phys.org) —Homing pigeons' ability to learn and remember routes depends on the complexity of the landscape below. Hedges and boundaries between urban and rural areas provide ideal landmarks for navigation.
Hedges and edges help pigeons learn their way around
A study has found that homing pigeons' ability to remember routes depends on the complexity of the landscape below, with hedges and boundaries between urban and rural areas providing ideal landmarks for navigation.
Scientists highlight the resurrection of extinct animals as both a strong possibility and a major potential conservation
(Phys.org) —Scientists from across the world have "scanned the horizon" in order to identify potentially significant medium and long-term threats to conservation efforts.
How pigeons may smell their way home
Homing pigeons, like other birds, are extraordinary navigators, but how they manage to find their way back to their lofts is still debated. To navigate, birds require a 'map' (to tell them home is south, ...
Pigeon wingman rules
Travelling in flocks may make individual birds feel secure but it raises the question of who decides which route the group should take.
Birds' good vibrations power mini backpacks
Birds that yield good vibration provide motion excitation ... for engineers: As Earth warms, birds may be changing their migratory patterns. But to obtain avian data, scientists need in-flight tracking sensors ...