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« on: 13/03/2008 17:11:02 »
If you put a magnet on a homing pigeon's neck it can't find it's way home. True or false folks?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 13/03/2008 19:41:53 »
True if the magnet is large as it couldn't take off but.. ;D

I think it's just an idea that they may use magnetism to help navigate but so far I don't think it is proven.

Thought I'd do a quick search before posting and Just found this article and pdf, an experiment trying to confirm it.

http://cogprints.org/2919/
 

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« Reply #2 on: 01/04/2008 04:07:21 »
does it depend if home is north or south???
 

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« Reply #3 on: 01/04/2008 19:54:21 »
Maybe this could be tested on Mythbusters.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/04/2008 20:23:02 »
I think they prefer something they can blow up!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 02/04/2008 05:17:07 »
what if they could blow up the pigeon?
 

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« Reply #6 on: 02/04/2008 12:45:15 »
Why would a magnet prevent a pigeon from finding its way home?
Because the magnet is attracted to the magnetic poles? ???
 

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« Reply #7 on: 02/04/2008 14:22:00 »
There has been speculation that some birds can use the Earth's magnetic field for navigation; but it is without doubt that even if it were to use it, it is not the only, or even the major, criteria by which it navigates.  Plain old sight (pigeons are pentachromatic), sound, and smell, still come in useful.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 02/04/2008 18:45:07 »
long ago there was a plan to use birds (pigeons I think)to direct falling bombs onto ships so mythbusters could test the theory and then blow something up.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 03/04/2008 21:07:43 »
There has been speculation that some birds can use the Earth's magnetic field for navigation; but it is without doubt that even if it were to use it, it is not the only, or even the major, criteria by which it navigates.  Plain old sight (pigeons are pentachromatic), sound, and smell, still come in useful.

Explain Pentachromatic (Five colours?)
 

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« Reply #10 on: 24/04/2008 11:20:40 »
not if thw magnet was too strong, they would get stick to the fist metal thing they come across
 

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