"Flying rat" French call a bird, which is known to all as "bird of peace."
It is a dove. The name is a resident of a huge number of cities on the planet was given not for the similarity to a rodent, but for life.
Of course, we have in mind are not the pigeons, bred fans of these birds, and birds that inhabit the streets.
The reasons for the unusual nickname
Reasons to call pigeons "flying rats"several. For example, the habitats of a large number of pigeons are not so much streets as dumps and places where garbage. Of course, large flocks easier to find food among the waste, the streets are cleaned periodically wipers, and the place where pigeons are fed people do not so much.
Eating in landfills, pigeons arecarriers of a number of infections. Experts note that the most "harmless" disease that can be transmitted from the pigeon - it is an allergy. In a number of cases reported and serious diseases such as psittacosis.
This factor is the main reason for the nickname"Bat rat." Rodents are known to be very susceptible to various epidemics. Rats are real champions for human infection with the likelihood of infection, including fatal. Rodents move underground, take to the streets mainly at night. Meetings with them were rare. Pigeons not only carry the infection, but also fly, thereby increasing the area of potential contamination is several times greater than the rats. These birds inhabit the city parks, squares and streets.
Dove, like any living being, leaves behindlitter themselves. In places where there are pigeons real mountains natural "consequences." And it's not just about a window sill, pavement, benches, but the rooftops and monuments of architecture. To clean architectural objects even hired special teams and buses. Cleaning a monument sometimes lasts for several days or even weeks.
Pigeon droppings is considered one of the best fertilizer for the soil. On his farm harvested specifically for soil processing.
Experts note that pigeon droppings - is not only a waste, but also very harmful substance. It contains high levels of uric acid, which can corrode metals and cause Carroz.
It is because of pigeon droppings in many peopleIt is becoming allergic. This is due to the fact that the litter after drying turns to dust, which spreads rapidly through the city streets. The content of many harmful substances causes burning sensation of the mucous membranes.
"Flying rat" or "symbol of peace"?
The name "flying rats" completely contradicts the conventional expression that the dove is a "symbol of peace". However, the merits of these birds is much greater than the disadvantages.
The attitude of the French to the pigeons is very contradictory. On the one hand they call this bird "flying rat", and on the other - "dude."
Dove accompanies man since ancient times. These birds are mentioned in mythology, chronicles and represented the best artists of the world in his paintings. Dove is considered a messenger of good news, because it is this bird notified in November the descent of water from the earth.
Changes civilization and outlook of people has led to the fact that the sacred quality of the pigeons were forgotten. The French expression "flying rats" are increasingly found in the characterization of these birds.