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Hooded Pitohui

Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:30 pm

A songbird from New Guinea, its skin, as well as feathers, contain a very powerful poison called homobatrachotoxin. This is the same poison found in South American dart frogs.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:31 pm

Although it is severely less toxic than the frogs, and a whole bird would have to be eaten for any real harm to occur. The poison is transferred easily to humans by merely touching or handling the bird.

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