An intelligent breed
homing abilities. Although its navigational method
is still somewhat of a mystery
, it is thought to use the planet
's magnetic field
. They can be trained to return to home from hundreds of miles away. They were used in World War I
and World War II
to carry messages, some of which saved thousands of lives. Some famous war birds include, "GI Joe
" and "Cher Ami." Today, homing pigeons are flown in a popular racing sport
in which they compete from up to one thousand miles away.
Homing pigeons are released in Ohio and arrive home in Massachusetts the same day.