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PITOHUI

(Oriolidae; Ϯ Northern Variable Pitohui P. kirhocephalus) Papuan name Pitohui  rubbish bird (i.e. inedible), for the pitohuis. The skin and feathers of the Variable Pitohui contain powerful batrachotoxins, probably developed from the beetles that form part of its diet; "VII.e Sous-genre.  PITOHUI; Pitohui.   Bec long, triangulaire, à arête vive, crochue; à narines arrondies; à bords élargis, un peu dilatés; tarses moyens. Queue médiocre, arrondie.   1.º Lanius kirrhocephalus, Less., Zool. de la Coq., pl. 11.  De la Nouvelle-Guinée.   2.º Lanius niger , Horsf.; Lanius melas, Garn.; Less., Man., t. I.er, p. 128.   3.º Lanius. Pie-Grièche noire et blanche. Du Cap. (Mus. de Paris.)" (Lesson 1830); "Pitohui Lesson, 1830, Traité Orn., p. 375. Type, by subsequent designation (Sharpe, 1877, Cat. Birds Brit. Mus., 3, p. 283), Lanius kirhocephalus Lesson and Garnot." (Mayr in Peters 1967, XII, 45).
Var. Pitoius.
Synon. Rectes.