First Scientifically Confirmed Poisonous Birds

Posted by Ryan on April 25th, 2011

This is from last year, so it is not new information or breaking news, but I am just hearing about this and it is fantastic. There are poisonous birds that are flying around on this planet. The Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous), Variable Pitohui (Pitohui kirhocephalus), and Brown Pitohiu (Pitohui ferrugineus) birds from New Guinea have a neurotoxin in their skin and feathers which causes numbness and tingling when handled. This neurotoxin is identical to the toxin from poison dart frogs and in high enough doses COULD KILL YOU.

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  • Anonymous

    I guess I should stop licking birds.

  • http://twitter.com/DeliaMLavigne Delia Lavigne

    Well, that’s definitely weird…