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Old 10-26-03, 10:25 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 10-26-03, 10:41 AM   #32 (permalink)
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here is a link to the last paper by J. P. Dumbacher et al on Batrachotoxin alkaloids from passerine birds: A
second toxic bird genus (Ifrita kowaldi) from
New Guinea, presented at the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Science USA, November 21, 2000
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Originally posted by JoeBradley
I wonder what the reason behind that is? Does the bird taste bad and the predator lets it go? Seems to serve no helpful purpose for the bird if him and the predator die.

It's for survival of the species. Like stink bugs. My cats will not kill stink bugs anymore.
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