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Freshly sprouted leaves of Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) can be prepared for human consumption, but the purple berries are eaten raw by many bird species , , , 

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. . . and the vent of this Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) provides evidence. (Often, the proof just shows up on the hood of a newly-washed car!)

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