Interesting Things – Stinking Poison Bird – Pitohui

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But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. (Acts 14:2)

Another interesting article from Creation Moments:

“The hooded pitohui is an evil-smelling, blue jay-sized bird that is native to New Guinea. The bird has been known to science since 1827, but they held a secret that only began to be uncovered in 1989.

Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) ©Wikipedia

Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) ©Wikipedia

An American graduate student made the discovery while studying another local bird – the bird of paradise. Unfortunately, hooded pitohuis kept getting caught in his nets. As he released the unwanted pitohuis, they would claw and peck at him. After he released the birds, he licked the wounds they had caused. As a result, his mouth began to burn and finally became numb for several hours. This led the graduate student to send dead hooded pitohuis to the National Institutes of Health for further study. The poison they produce was finally identified as one of the most poisonous substances known. It is hundreds of times more poisonous than strychnine. The amount of poison in one bird can kill 500 mice. Most amazing is that only one other creature produces the same poison, the poison dart frog of Central America.

Those who believe in evolution maintain that the ability to produce the poison must have evolved twice. But it’s not that simple. Not only do both bird and frog, half a world apart, have to evolve this unlikely ability twice, but they both had to evolve immunity to their own poison. Ultimately, evolution is a faith. It is a faith that is poisonous to Christianity because it makes death natural rather than a result of the first Adam’s sin. And without the fact of the first Adam, there is no need for the Second Adam, Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You for Your victory over sin, death and the devil. Amen.”

References: Natural History, 2/94, pp.4 8.

Copyright © 2009 Creation Moments, Inc., PO Box 839, Foley, MN  56329, www.creationmoments.com.

Hooded Pitohui are in the Pachycephalidae – Whistlers and Allies Family in the Passeriformes Order

See AvianWeb.Com’s – Hooded Pitohui

Hooded Pitohui videos by Keith Blomerley

3 thoughts on “Interesting Things – Stinking Poison Bird – Pitohui

  1. I just came back from a program at the bird club and the guy had a presentation of the Birds of Paradise in New Guinea … and he had some Pitohui photos and talked about the poison. I’d just read Creative Moments this morning and then came in just now and saw your post. How timely and delightful! :-)

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