Thursday, April 15, 2010

1st Poisonous Bird

The Hooded Pitohui is the world's first discovered poisonous bird. It uses a neurotoxin (specifically homobatrachotoxin), found in its skin and feathers, to induce numbness and tingling to anything that comes into contact with the bird. The bird's toxin is, gram for gram, the most poisonous on earth.

The poison dart frog possesses the exact same poison as the hooded pitohui, leading many to reason the source of the poison is the Choresine beetle - part of both animals diet.

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