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

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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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6:39AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Beautiful!

9:03AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Interesting. Thanks

8:58AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

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

10:53PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

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.

7:35PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

wow

7:31PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Amazing

5:14AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

thanks for sharing :) very interesting :)

6:18AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Wonderful

12:51AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

interesting!

10:23PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Interesting, but then nature always is!

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