You can find 'half male and half female' birds



A bird watcher in Pennsylvania, USA has released a photo of a bird that says 'the right half is male and the left half is female '.

I have been birding for 48 years and yesterday (20 February 2021) I had a once-in-a-lifetime, one in a million bird ...

Posted by

Jamie Hill Sunday, February 21, 2021



Rare half-male, half-female northern cardinal pictured in Pennsylvania
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/23/half-male-female-rare-cardinal-bird-photographed-erie-warren-county/4554937001/

'One in a million': Rare half male, half female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania
https://fox8.com/news/one-in-a-million-rare-half-male-half-female-cardinal-spotted-in-pennsylvania/

The discovered is, passerine of the Northern Cardinal is a bird called. The Northern Cardinal, which bears the English name 'Cardinal (scarlet)', has bright red body hair for males as its name suggests, but female body hair is mainly brown, with crests and tail feathers, etc. It is a bird that looks very different between males and females, with a part of it being reddish.

James Hill, a birdwatcher in Pennsylvania, announced that the northern cardinal is 'male on the right and female on the left.' Looking at the photo, the color of the body surface has changed completely as if there is a line in the front part, the right half of the body is red, which is a characteristic of males, and the left half of the body is brown, which is a characteristic of females.



Another angle looks like this.



The Northern Cardinal in question is an individual that often appears in the feeding area set up in the garden of Mr. Hill's friend's house. Intrigued by his friend's words, 'half and half of the strange birds are coming,' Hill decided to ask his friend to bring in the equipment and shoot.

It is said that the Northern Cardinal in question behaved in the same way as a normal individual within the observation time of 1 hour, but it is unknown whether it acts as a male or a female. In normal birds, the right ovary is degenerated, and only the left ovary functions, and the Northern Cardinal in question has a 'female left half of the body', so it may be a female child. , 'It is reported that the characteristic that the gender is different on the left and right may be inherited by children.'

In January 2019, an individual with almost the same appearance as the Northern Cardinal in question was confirmed in the area . Since the probability of such birds appearing is very low, it is believed that these two sightings captured the same individual.

Mr. Hill, 69, who has been bird watching for 48 years, commented on this encounter, 'It is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with one in a million birds.'

An individual that has both male and female characteristics, such as the Northern Cardinal, is called a ' gynandromorphism '. Although there are few examples of male and female bird mosaics, the most recent discovery was a rose-breasted turtle with a male right half and a female left half in September 2020.

RESEARCHERS AT POWDERMILL NATURE RESERVE OBSERVE RARE GYNANDROMORPH BIRD CONTAINING BOTH MALE AND FEMALE CHARACTERISTICS --Carnegie Museum of Natural History
https://carnegiemnh.org/press/researchers-at-powdermill-nature-reserve-observe-rare-gynandromorph-bird-containing-both-male-and-female-characteristics/



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