Doves and Pigeons

How does a homing pigeon know where it is going?

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June 26, 2009 6:37AM

Local to its home, they use landmarks that they remember, over long distances they navigate by using the sun, or stars if they are flying at night. They also have a tiny magnet in their heads that acts as a compass and also enables them to "read" the earth's magnetic field, which is far from uniform.