Avian Letter Carriers?
It may be no surprise to you that some birds can, in fact, deliver
I'm speaking, of course, of the homing pigeon. Though a
homing pigeon may not seem as cool as the owls described in the
Harry Potter books, pigeons are the only birds that can be
deliver messages over a great distance.
You may be familiar with street pigeons. You'll see them in city parks,
grain silos, and pecking along the sides of the highway.
These pigeons are most definately not homing pigeons. A homing pigeon is a
true thoroughbred and a specially trained domesticated
animal. Beginning thousands of years ago, and culminating with a couple of
centuries of intensive selective breeding for competitive
racing, the wild European Rock Dove (Columba livia) has been
transformed into the modern racing homing pigeon; a unique
domesicated creature capable of flying nonstop for hundreds of miles to his
home while averaging around 50 miles per hour.