It is hard to feel much empathy for these picnic lunch stealin’ car poopin’ rats of the sky. Â But apparently, they’re on the way out!
Seagull numbers in New Zealand are falling so quickly the birds now appear on threatened species lists, alongside the kiwi and the kakapo.
A Department of Conservation report on bird numbers has classified the black-billed gull “nationally critical”, the most serious category, usually reserved for our rarest birds, because of the rate of expected decline.
Numbers were predicted to drop by more than 70 per cent over the next 30 years.
There were an estimated 180,000 to 200,000 of the birds in 1977. There are now thought to be 60,000 to 70,000.
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