How do birds find their way home

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How Do Birds Find Their Way? by Roma Gans

Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between their winter and summer homes. Arctic terns fly more than 10,000 miles from the South Pole to northern Maine. Tiny little hummingbirds fly nonstop over the ocean for 500 miles. How do they know which way to fly? Why dont they get lost? Read and find out the many ideas scientists have come up with to explain this mystery.
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Migratory birds are coming back to cooler areas to breed and build their nest. These birds often make incredible journeys and come back, year after year, to the .
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How Do Birds Find Their Way Back Home in the Spring?

This website uses cookies for user login, personalised content and statistics. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies - if you wish to opt-out of non-essential cookies, you may do so below. In late summer, the swallows of northern Europe get restless. They gather in twos and threes, then clusters of a dozen or more. But how they do this is not understood, despite decades of investigation. They report their discovery in Nature Materials in November. Migratory birds such as European robins, trapped in cages, aligned their bodies with their migratory path, swapping direction if the magnetic field was artificially reversed.

About 50 animal species, ranging from birds and mammals to reptiles and insects, use Earth's magnetic field for navigation.
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For thousands of years, homing pigeons were the most sophisticated means of long-distance communication. The winners of the first Olympics were announced by homing pigeon. Julius Reuter started his news service with them. Cher Ami, an avian member of the U. How do the birds find their way home?

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  1. Birds must be geniuses because they use quantum mechanics to navigate. For thousands of years, homing pigeons were the most sophisticated means of long-distance communication. Work by Roswitha and Wolfgang Wiltschko in Germany, among others, suggests that this sense relies on.

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