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The hooded pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) is a species of Passerine bird in the family Pachycephalidae (sometimes listed in Oriolidae instead). It was the first documented toxic bird, with skin and feathers coated in a neurotoxin called homobatrachotoxin that causes a numb, tingling sensation on contact. Like poison dart frogs of Colombia, hooded pitohuis and their toxic relatives acquire the poison from beetles in the family Melyridae.

The hooded pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) is a species of Passerine bird in the family Pachycephalidae (sometimes listed in Oriolidae instead). It was the first documented toxic bird, with skin and feathers coated in a neurotoxin called homobatrachotoxin that causes a numb, tingling sensation on contact. Like poison dart frogs of Colombia, hooded pitohuis and their toxic relatives acquire the poison from beetles in the family Melyridae.

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