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faganr faganr is offline
Posted 20th December 2001, 05:24 AM
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How high do pigeons fly?


Does anyone know how high pigeons can fly?


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Posted 20th December 2001, 06:33 AM
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As a start, I have heard 6 miles high. Perhaps K.D. will show up and give us the "rest of the story".
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Posted 20th December 2001, 07:40 AM
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It's an exclusive membership, The Six Mile High Club. Most would die to get there!

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Ray, how was this discovered? From pigeons flying across known mountain ranges or taking them up in aircraft and releasing them? I can't imagine them climbing to altitude unless they are flying over mountain ranges. Six miles is over 31,000 feet.

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It's an exclusive membership, The Six Mile High Club. Most would die to get there!

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Posted 20th December 2001, 01:16 PM
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One can only love you! I was joking, my friend.

Bigbird a/k/a Carl, often has a very dry sense of humor. I think he was yanking our chains... Carl?

To honor your question (since you and I have bantered over many pigeon scenarios), I seriously doubt a pigeon would or could climb to such altitude--that's in the realm of transcontinental jetliners, requiring pressurized cabins. That is beyond K2 territory! I don't think you'll find any birds that high.

Now, a release scenario from such an altitude is another matter... Having seen the pigeon guidance system for an armed missile, I would not be surprised to learn that such releases were attempted. And if I've learned nothing else, it's that I should prepare myself to be surprised (or not?) when it comes to the amazing pigeon!

If memory serves, there is a link on this site under "Pigeon Facts" that takes you to a UK site. At that site, the longest homing trip on record by a pigeon is described (Africa to England!). If memory serves, it
accounts for this pigeon circumventing mountain ranges to make the trip. It must also have rested on ocean going ships. Talk about the little engine that could!

Always nice to hear from you, d.

Wishing you all the best for the holidays!

--Ray
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Posted 21st December 2001, 12:56 PM
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[quote]Originally posted by raynjudy:

If memory serves, there is a link on this site under "Pigeon Facts" that takes you to a UK site. At that site, the longest homing trip on record by a pigeon is described (Africa to England!). If memory serves, it
accounts for this pigeon circumventing mountain ranges to make the trip. It must also have rested on ocean going ships. Talk about the little engine that could!

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That was in the late 1800's. It traversed North Africa, avoided the Sahara and probably crossed the straits of Gibralter to find its way back to England. It's the longest recorded homer ever.

Of course I wonder how accurately such things were verified in those days...

d.
 



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