Middle East

‘Rat of the sky’ irks Algerians

A Yellow-legged Gull takes flight as another perches on a cliff near the Tamentfoust harbor, east of the capital Algiers, on March 19, 2017. The Yellow-legged Gull, only recently classified as a species distinct from the Herring Gull, is invasive, aggressive, noisy and very messy. Today it can be found as far as 100 kilometres (60 miles) inland, says Professor Riadh Moulai of the University of Bejaia. The "rat of the sky", as it has been locally dubbed, has taken advantage of human waste to supp

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 14, 2017, on page 9.




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