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The poisonous bird is-
A. Kiwi
B. Babbler
C. Pitohui
D. Choriotis

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Hint: The birds which defend themselves from predators with the help of toxins are called toxin birds. From animals and plants that they feed on, commonly from poisonous insects, these birds usually get poisons. Some birds are known to be toxic to touch or eat, but no species of bird is known to inject or even produce venom actively.

Complete answer:
Kiwi is flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. They belong to the family Apterygidae and genus Apteryx. These birds are feisty and aggressive. Adult birds use their razor-sharp claws as weapons.
The jungle babbler (Argya striata) belongs to the family Callitrichidae. They are gregarious birds.
The Argyle Caudata which also goes by the name common babbler is a member of the family Callitrichidae. They are found in India. The physical appearance of the bird is slim, with an overall brown or greyish colour. They are distinctly long-tailed, streaked on the upper plumage, and having a distinctive whitish throat.
 Pitohui is a genus of birds endemic to New Guinea. They belong to the family Pachycephalidae. These are brightly coloured omnivorous birds. Potent neurotoxin alkaloids of the batrachotoxin group are present in the skin and feathers of pitohuis. The toxin helps the birds as a way of chemical defence, by acting against either ectoparasite or visually guided predators such as snakes, raptors, or humans. The batrachotoxin is not produced by themselves, and hence they are not considered venomous but rather poisonous. There are six species classified in this genus. Variable Pitohui (Pitohui kirhocephalus), Blue-capped Ifrita (Ifrita kowaldi), Rufous or Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha), Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) are the species of Pitohui that are poisonous.
The Ardeotis nigriceps or great Indian bustard is a bustard found on the Indian subcontinent. It is a large bird with a horizontal body and has long, bare legs.
Hence, the correct answer is option C.
So, the correct answer is “Option A”.

Note: Poisonous birds are those who produce toxins in defence to protect themselves against predators. Pitohui birds, a neurotoxin, and batrachotoxin are present in the skin and feathers. There are six species classified in this genus. Out of all the species of the Pitohui, the Hooded Pitohui is the most poisonous bird.