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Pitohui poison: from beetles?



It appears that the _Pitohui_, the New Guinea bird infamous for its toxic feathers and skin, derives its poison from a diet that includes beetles of the genus, _Choresine_. Columbian poison-dart frogs may likewise obtain their batrachotoxins from the closely related beetles they consume. See http://www.calacademy.org/geninfo/newsroom/releases/2004/DumbacherResearch.html.

Relevance: dinosaurs are birds.
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"Dino Guy" Ralph W. Miller III
Docent at the California Academy of Sciences
proud member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology