Do homing pigeons find their way home more quickly at different times of the day?
The flight time of the homing pigeon is not affected by the time of the day.
Homing pigeons are a type of domesticated pigeons that are selectively bred from Rock pigeons. These pigeons have an innate ability to find their way home to their nest over long distances. They have been recorded to travel as far as 1800km in pigeon racing competitions. The pigeons are also able to fly at speeds between 48km/hour and 95km/hour.
The ability of homing pigeons to always find their way home makes homing pigeons good message carriers; this is why homing pigeons are also known as carrier pigeons. 3000 years ago, Persians and Egyptians used carrier pigeons to send messages. The first pigeon postal service took off in 1896, with pigeons journeying from New Zealand to the Great Barrier Island.
It is important to train homing pigeons when they are young in order for them be comfortable around humans. Homing pigeons are usually housed in pigeon holes or lofts. A pigeon trainer would normally take them on short trips when they are about 6 months old. Then, the trainer would release them; to allow them to find their way back home. On average, a pigeon remain in service for between 2 to 3 years.
Keep your hands clean before and after handling the pigeons. Pigeon waste is highly toxic.