"Flying rat" the French call a bird, which is known to everyone as a "bird of the world."
It's about the dove. The name is such a resident of a huge number of cities on the planet was given not for resemblance to a rodent, but for a way of life.
Of course, we do not mean the pigeons that the fans of these birds breed, but the individuals that inhabit the streets.
Causes of unusual nicknames
Reasons to call pigeons "volatile rats"several. For example, the habitats of a large number of pigeons are not so much city streets as there are landfills and places of accumulation of garbage. Of course, large flocks are easier to find food among waste, the streets are cleaned periodically by janitors, and places where pigeons are fed up by the inhabitants are not so many.
Feeding on dumps, pigeons becomeCarriers of many infections. Experts point out that the most "harmless" disease that you can get from a dove is an allergy. In a number of cases, serious diseases such as ornithosis have also been documented.
Such a factor is the main reason for the nickname"Flying rat". Rodents, as you know, are very susceptible to various epidemics. Rats are true record-breakers in the likelihood of infection of a person with infections, including fatal ones. Rodents move underground, take to the streets mostly at night. Meetings with them are rare. Pigeons not only carry the infection, but they also fly, thereby increasing the territory of potential infection several times more than rats. These birds inhabit urban parks, squares and streets.
Dove pollutes the environment
Dove, like any living thing, leaves afterYourself litter. In places of accumulation of pigeons, real mountains of natural "consequences" arise. And it's not just about windowsills, asphalt, benches, but also the roofs of houses and monuments of architecture. For the cleaning of architectural objects even special brigades and special equipment are hired. Cleaning of one monument sometimes lasts several days or even weeks.
Pigeon droppings are considered one of the best fertilizers for the soil. On farms, it is collected especially for soil treatment.
Specialists note that litter of pigeon is not only rubbish, but also a very harmful substance. It contains a high content of uric acid, which can corrode metals and cause carrosion.
It is because of pigeon droppings that many peopleThe allergy begins. This is due to the fact that the litter, after drying, turns into dust, which quickly spreads through the city streets. The content of many harmful substances causes burning of the mucous membranes.
"Flying rat" or "symbol of peace"?
The name "flying rat" completely contradicts the generally accepted expression that the dove is a "symbol of peace." However, the merits of these birds are much greater than the disadvantages.
The attitude of the French to the pigeons is very contradictory. On the one hand, they call this bird a "flying rat," and on the other hand, a "dude".
The dove accompanies a man from ancient times. These birds are mentioned in mythology, chronicles and portrayed by the best artists of the world in their paintings. Pigeons are considered a messenger of good news, because it was this bird that notified Noah about the convergence of water from the Earth.
Changes in civilization and the worldview of people led to the fact that the sacred qualities of pigeons began to be forgotten. The French expression "flying rat" is increasingly found when characterizing these birds.