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- n. Plural form of pitohui.
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Phylogenetic evidence for colour pattern convergence in toxic pitohuis: Müllerian mimicry in birds?
* [[Corcoracidae]]: White-winged Chough and Apostlebird Paramythiidae: tit berrypecker and crested berrypeckers Pachycephalidae: whistlers, shrike-thrushes, pitohuis and allies Acanthisittidae: New Zealand wrens
Paramythiidae: tit berrypecker and crested berrypeckers Pachycephalidae: whistlers, shrike-thrushes, pitohuis and allies Artamidae: wood swallows, butcherbirds, currawongs and Australian Magpie Acanthisittidae: New Zealand wrens
Incidentally, (1) it seems that not all pitohui species are poisonous (although further study is required to be absolutely sure about this), (2) that another New Guinean passerine, the Rufous shrike-thrush Colluricincla megarhyncha, also produces batrachotoxin, and (3) that multiple other non-poisonous New Guinea passerines (including some other pitohuis) may mimic poisonous pitohuis and therefore gain protection from predators too (Diamond 1992, Dumbacher & Fleischer 2001).
While it’s nowadays reasonably well known that pitohuis (a group of six species of pachycephalid passerines, also endemic to New Guinea) produce batrachotoxin in their skin and feathers, it was shown in 2000 that Ifrita does too (Dumbacher et al. 2000).