any pigeon trained to return home from a distance. Also referred to as carrier pigeon. Most are bred through the domestic pigeon Columba livia. Homing pigeons are used for delivering straight back messages or even for traveling events. By carrying the birds away and releasing all of them at gradually increasing distances at home, they could be taught to get back with more or less certainty and promptness from distances around four or five hundred kilometers. The birds typically do not end to their method home, that will average up to 60 miles per hour on the return trip. If length is increased a lot beyond 400 miles, the birds can't cover it without preventing for a prolonged sleep, and their particular return becomes doubtful. The record for returnig from a distance is near 1,200 miles. Homing pigeons are not bred for fancy points or special colors, however for energy, speed, endurance, and intelligence or homing instinct. Although utilized since ancient times, homing pigeons are mainly displaced for useful reasons by radio and electronic communications, but they are nonetheless found in some special circumstances after the 20th century. They certainly were used in armed forces businesses since recently as with World War II.