@CNN — Scientists Have Found A Rare Half-male, Half-female Songbird; #Nature #Wildlife

(CNN) — Researchers have discovered a rare songbird that is male on one side of its body, and female on the other.

It's being described as a “once in a lifetime” discovery.

The bird was identified as a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Male and female Grosbeaks are distinguished by their color: males have pink “wing pits,” while females are yellow-brown. The sides of this bird's body were different colors.

It's being described as a “once in a lifetime” discovery.

The bird was identified as a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Male and female Grosbeaks are distinguished by their color: males have pink “wing pits,” while females are yellow-brown.

The sides of this bird's body were different colors. 
This genetic variation is known as gynandromorphism (“gyne” is Greek for female; “andro” means male, and “morph” means variety).

Due to its rarity, scientists don't know much about how gynandromorphism affects the bird's life.

Note: The bird was released after being marked and feather samples taken. Giulia Heyward and Saeed Ahmed, CNN/@CNN

Source: CNN, full story

 

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