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Bird Watching Stories
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»  Aransas in the Fog:
Whooping Cranes
  
» No Barbeque this Summer 
» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?  
» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica
 » Just Another Golden Eagle  
 » Four Birds in One Tree: 
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
 
» Four Calling Birds??? 
» A Very Unique Cardinal 
» Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
 
  
» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet 
» The Ever-Popular Chickadee  
» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw 
» Barrel Cactus Confrontation 
» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...  
» Who Made Up This Stuff?
Bird Call Mnemonics
 
 
» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch 
» The Best Mimic?  
» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
Missouri Ornithology
  
» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?
» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me 
» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon  
» Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
in Alaska
 
 
» A Rare and Unusual Bird 
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
   
» Raven Showoffs 
» Reddish Egrets a nd Canopy Feeding 
 »  Robins and Worms 
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
   
» Hospital Hallucinations 
» What Are You Doing Here? Scissortail Flycatcher 
» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings? 
» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder
 » Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash
» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber 

THE PITOHUI
 A Poisonous Bird From New Guinea

Pitohui: isn’t that the word we use when we spit something out when it tastes bad?? Actually, the pitohui is a jungle bird in New Guinea. This orange and black bird is about 9 inches long and seems at this time to be quite unique. Researchers studying birds of paradise made a surprising discovery after several pitohuis became tangled in their nets. The pitohui (pronounced pit-o-huey, which the natives refer to as rubbish, are toxic. Their flesh and feathers contain a neurotoxin that causes a predator (including man) to suffer numbness and burning.

Previously the poison dart frog of South America was the only known animal to contain this toxin. Removing the birds from the nets, one researcher was cut by the bird's beak and claws. When he licked the wounds his tongue and mouth became numb. I wonder? Did he exclaim "PITOHUI! PITOHUI!" as he tried to spit the poison out of his mouth.  

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