homing ability
The ability permitting return to the original point of departure.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • Homing pigeon — White Homing pigeon The homing pigeon is a variety of domestic pigeon derived from the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia domestica) selectively bred to find its way home over extremely long distances.[1] The wild rock pigeon has an innate homing ability …   Wikipedia

  • homing — /hoh ming/, adj. 1. capable of returning home, usually over a great distance: We saw the homing birds at dusk. 2. guiding or directing homeward or to a destination, esp. by mechanical means: the homing instinct; a homing beacon. [1860 65; HOME +… …   Universalium

  • Homing (biology) — Homing is the inherent ability of an animal to navigate towards an original location through unfamiliar areas. This location can may be either a home territory, or a breeding spot.UsesHoming abilities can be used to find the way back to home in a …   Wikipedia

  • homing — [[t]ho͟ʊmɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n A weapon or piece of equipment that has a homing system is able to guide itself to a target or to give out a signal that guides people to it. ...infra red homing missiles... All the royal cars are fitted with… …   English dictionary

  • homing — hom|ing [ˈhəumıŋ US ˈhoum ] adj a bird or animal that has a homing instinct has a special ability that helps it find its way home over long distances …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • homing — adjective a bird or animal that has a homing instinct has a special ability that helps it find its way home over long distances …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • homing pigeon — carrier pigeon, pigeon that can be used to deliver messages because it has the ability to find its way home …   English contemporary dictionary

  • homing — /ˈhoʊmɪŋ/ (say hohming) adjective 1. directing or guiding towards home; returning home. 2. having the ability to return home, especially from a long distance. {hom(e) + ing1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Natal homing — is the process by which some adult animals return to their natal birthplace to reproduce. Contents 1 Sea Turtles 2 Salmon 3 Blue fin Tuna 4 Navigational Tools …   Wikipedia

  • Olfactory navigation — It is possible that homing pigeons may navigate by smell Olfactory navigation is a hypothesis put forward to explain navigation and homing of pigeons, in particular the homing pigeon. There are two principal versions. Papi’s mosaic model proposes …   Wikipedia

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