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Chemistry and ecology of toxic birds

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Bartram,  S.
Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Boland,  W.
Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Bartram, S., & Boland, W. (2001). Chemistry and ecology of toxic birds. Chembiochem, 2(11), 809-811. doi:10.1002/1439-7633(20011105)2:11<809:AID-CBIC809>3.0.CO;2-C.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-9E82-9
Abstract
The hooded pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) from New Guinea is a member of a family of "toxic birds" that have a chemical defence mechanism. Skin and feathers contain homobatrachotoxins (see picture), a group of steroidal alkaloids similar to the toxic princi