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Do homing pigeons find their way home more quickly at different times of the day?Featured science projectScience project video

Conclusion

The hypothesis that the flight time of the homing pigeon is not affected by the time of the day is proven to be false. The pigeons found their way home more quickly in the afternoon than in the morning

Pigeon racing took off because people were interested in comparing how much time different homing pigeons take to return home. In such races, pigeons were brought to a specific location and released at the same time. The first pigeon to find its way back home will be declared the winner.

Also consider

Conduct the experiment in different weather conditions (a sunny, cloudy, windy or rainy day).

How long do the pigeons take to find their way home in the day? How long do they take at night? .
 

References

Homing pigeons - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homing_pigeon

What are homing pigeons? - http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-homing-pigeons.htm

Pigeon facts - http://www.fbipigeons.com/PIGEON%20FACTS.htm
 

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Complexity level:
7
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
It will take an hour to prepare for this science project, and 2 days for observation.
Material availability:
Contact a pigeon breeder. You will need one who can supply the pigeons for the experiment.
Safety concerns:

Keep your hands clean before and after handling the pigeons. Pigeon waste is highly toxic.