When you want to send a message to someone these days, all it takes is to pick up your smartphone and type your message and hit send. But Before the invention of telephones, email, the Internet and smartphones it was totally a different story, communication was done in much slower ways.
Writing letters and having them hand-delivered was probably the most basic and long-standing means of communication, but some people wanted to remove the human element entirely. Because humans can open and read your letters and then there would be no nefarious plots and creepy twists.
Also, while delivering messages by hand it also came with a lot of unpredictable variables, including dishonest messengers, accidents, loss of messages, unexpected delays, and a lack of guaranteed privacy.
Just as we now rely on wireless networks and microchips to do our heavy lifting, earlier generations used homing pigeons or ravens to deliver their messages across long distances and to keep privacy.
We have seen many movies and series with birds carrying important messages. But every time I see a bird carrying a message, how that is even possible? Can a bird actually deliver messages far from one place to other.?
Ravens like we all have seen in the “Game Of Thrones“, while incredibly intelligent, aren’t the likeliest of birds to get this job done. The surprising fact is that other birds, such as pigeons, are fantastic at it!
More than 3,000 years ago, the pigeons used to carry messages are called homing pigeons. While studying the patterns and movements of birds, it appeared that they had a wonderful sense of direction, and could consistently find their way back to their nest. Even after foraging, hunting and soaring for miles in every direction, they were able to guide themselves home.
Rock pigeons were particularly gifted in “homing” ability due to their strong magnetoreception skills. Magnetoreception is an innate ability in certain life forms to detect and orient themselves based on magnetic fields. Humans lack this ability. Rock pigeons that showed the strongest ability were bred to create powerful and reliable homing pigeons.
In simple language, Pigeons are particularly good at remembering where they live and find their way even when they’ve been transported tremendous distances away from it. They have an innate homing device that allows them to find their nests even from a whopping 1,800 kilometers away
You just need to take the pigeons from their home, put them into cages, and transport them to your location. When you want to send a message, you strap it in a special lightweight case to the pigeon’s leg, and you let the pigeon go. It simply flies home, that’s all. Pigeons don’t fly anywhere else they only fly to their home.
To further simplify the phenomenon AsapSCIENCE Explains Whether Birds Can Actually Deliver Messages the Way They Do on Television.
AsapSCIENCE takes a look at whether birds can actually deliver messages and which birds are the best for sending messages, and how the birds know when they’ve reached the correct destination. Watch the video below.