Dozens of Cedar Waxwings die from eating non-native berries

Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius), a vining legume native to Indonesia, has been infesting Florida landscapes for many years. This week it happened to cross paths with a flock of American Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) with deleterious results. The berries of the ornamental plant are known to be extremely toxic to animals. It is thought that chewing and swallowing one berry could be fatal to a human being. (Photo courtesy of smccann/Flickr.) Read more here.

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