Beautiful Half-Female, Half-Male Wild Bird (Photos)

Nature gets up to some fascinating things without our intervention! The blog Why Evolution is True recently shared these amazing photographs of a wild gynandromorph cardinal.

For those who don’t know them, cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) are a North American bird; the males are a bright, vivid red, while the females are a more muted grayish-brown color, interspersed with red. A gynandromorph, meanwhile, is an organism that has both male and female characteristics—in this case, male coloring on its left side and female coloring on its right.

The photos were sent into them by Brian Peer, who observed the bird for several successive years in Rock Island, IL. He says: “I was able to observe it on several occasions, and noticed that it didn’t associate with other cardinals, nor did I hear it produce any vocalizations.”

Photo Credit: Brian Peer, via Why Evolution Is True


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Photo Credit: Brian Peer, via Why Evolution Is True



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Ana F.
Ana F.3 years ago


Kathleen Cazander

Interesting. Thanks

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

a pretty and unique animal. sad that it doesn't seem to fit in though

Lika S.
Lika S.4 years ago

Beautiful bird. But first off, just because the coloring may look like something, doesn't make it so, and it's not necessarily evolution. Certain mutations are a natural form.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago


Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia4 years ago


Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :) very interesting :)

Samir Nassir
Past Member 4 years ago


Miranda Parkinson


Joan Mcallister
4 years ago

Interesting, but then nature always is!