A cardinal that is half male, half female puzzles scientists, delights birdwatchers

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  1. BetteDavisEyes

    BetteDavisEyes All the boys think she's a spy...

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    flute4peace Well-Known Member

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    That is fascinating!!! Beautiful bird!
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Super cool and interesting, who knew?!
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    Shirley Caldwell took this photo of a rare gynandromorphic cardinal through her kitchen window.Shirley Caldwell

    Peer and a colleague studied a bilateral gynandromorphic cardinal for more than 40 days a couple years ago.

    “We wanted to know if the individual was going to behave as a male or female; we also wanted to know if they were capable of producing viable offspring,” Peer said.

    Because gynandromorphs are so rare, studying them is hard. During the time Peer studied one, he never heard the bird sing or mate, but that doesn’t mean it never did either of those things.
     
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    It happens in the insect kingdom as well...[​IMG]
     
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    Very interesting. So glad I checked this thread.
     
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    BetteDavisEyes All the boys think she's a spy...

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    Thank you :) My apologies for the silly title error. Mods are too busy to ask them to change it. Once you've posted a new thread, title can't be altered.
     
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    Thanks for posting this Bette. Who knew? So interesting.
     
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    charminglane Helcat!

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    What a wonderful world we live in!
     
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    Very nice! I had never heard of this. Thank you Bette and others who.posted pictures!
     
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