Pigeons can find their way home from hundreds of miles away. They have large wings that allow them to fly long distances at high speeds. Experts believe they use the Earth's magnetic field, the sun, and memory to navigate.
Dung beetles roll food backwards with their heads down; they move in a straight line. The beetles determine direction by orienting themselves to the sun during the day and the stars at night.
Credits: Finding the Way
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Some animals have an extraordinary ability to find their way. The dung beetle, an insect revered by ancient Egyptians, uses the sun, the moon, and even the Milky Way to move its prized ball of dung in the right direction. Pigeons are often considered feeble birdbrains, but they have incredible memories that can recall several complex travel routes with amazing accuracy. They even use man-made roads and hedgerows to find the quickest way home.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2016
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