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Why does this tree keep killing birds?

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It's not unusual for plants to stick, prick, or entangle their seeds into some hapless animal that steps too close in search of a meal or a place to rest.

But one genus of tree found in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans has taken this method of distributing its seeds a little too far, killing many of the birds that land in its branches by weighing them down and preventing them from flying away.

The thing is, there doesn't seem to be a clear reason for this wanton slaughter, leading one ecologist to suggest that it's just one of those macabre quirks of evolution.


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The old victorian bird catchers would of loved this tree it would of saved them a lot of bird lime and finch wands

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