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Wed Dec 31, 2014, 10:32 AM

SPOTTED: Half-Male, Half-Female Bird



You don't have to be an ornithologist to know that red northern cardinals are male and brownish-gray ones are female.

But what about a Cardinalis cardinalis that sports red feathers on one side of its body and brownish-gray feathers on the other? Why, that cardinal is half-male and half-female, of course--and just such a rare bird has been observed in northwestern Illinois.

An example of a phenomenon biologists call bilateral gynandromorphism, the bird was observed for more than 40 days between Dec. 2008 and March 2010--and it certainly caught the attention of the scientists who spotted it.


"It was amazing when the bird was viewed from one side it appeared as a normal male and from the opposite side it appeared as a normal female," Dr. Brian D. Peer, a professor of biology at Western Illinois University in Macomb and one of the scientists, told The Huffington Post in an email. "It wasn't until you could see both halves of the bird did you realize it was a truly unique individual."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/30/half-male-half-female-bird-cardinal-plumage_n_6392336.html

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Reply SPOTTED: Half-Male, Half-Female Bird (Original post)
kpete Dec 2014 OP
malthaussen Dec 2014 #1
el_bryanto Dec 2014 #2
femmocrat Dec 2014 #3
jberryhill Dec 2014 #4
Glassunion Dec 2014 #6
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2014 #7
IDemo Dec 2014 #12
reflection Dec 2014 #15
SidDithers Dec 2014 #18
NuclearDem Dec 2014 #19
hifiguy Dec 2014 #22
Lochloosa Dec 2014 #23
MFM008 Dec 2014 #24
Initech Dec 2014 #26
steve2470 Dec 2014 #27
RKP5637 Dec 2014 #28
Warren DeMontague Jan 2015 #30
pinboy3niner Jan 2015 #31
libodem Dec 2014 #5
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2014 #8
2naSalit Dec 2014 #11
RKP5637 Dec 2014 #29
LiberalElite Dec 2014 #9
sarge43 Dec 2014 #10
LiberalElite Dec 2014 #16
sarge43 Dec 2014 #21
eggplant Dec 2014 #13
geardaddy Dec 2014 #14
progressoid Dec 2014 #17
Octafish Dec 2014 #20
MadrasT Dec 2014 #25

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 10:42 AM

1. Now, that's amazing. n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 10:43 AM

2. The real tragedy occurred with Harvey Dent, aka Two Face, seized the bird for his criminal liar. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 10:47 AM

3. How strange!

I had an albino robin here once. Never heard of this phenomenon though!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 10:52 AM

4. Vatican Excommunicates Transgender Cardinal

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:08 AM

6. DUzy - You just won the internets!!!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:31 AM

7. LOL!!!!!!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:07 PM

12. I'm giving you the bird for that one

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:31 PM

15. greatest post ever.

EVER

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:38 PM

18. Nicely done...



Happy New Year.

Sid

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:46 PM

19. WIN

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 02:31 PM

22. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

 

Hands down winner of the DUzy of the week.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 03:39 PM

23. Hell..DUzy of the Year!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 04:00 PM

24. you got it

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:49 PM

26. You owe me a monitor!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:52 PM

27. very clever! nt

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:58 PM

28. I knew it, I just knew they would get that bird!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 1, 2015, 12:02 AM

30. Well done.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 1, 2015, 12:59 AM

31. So the Cardinal was...deflocked?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 10:57 AM

5. Cool

Goes both ways. I like that bird!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:32 AM

8. Oh jeez...can't wait to hear what the Reich Wing has to say about this..n/t

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 12:51 PM

11. They'll make up something

about it being spawn of the devil or some stupid sh*t.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:59 PM

29. That's what gay marriage is gonna do to all of us!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:33 AM

9. Caption -

Bird: "What's everybody looking at?"

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 12:49 PM

10. "I got dressed in the dark. Sosumi." n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:34 PM

16. "sosumi" HA!

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:54 PM

21. Ancient samurai battlecry

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:13 PM

13. It's commiting the cardinal sin! n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:18 PM

14. Cool!

My sister is the associate provost at WIU Macomb!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:36 PM

17. Also ...




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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 01:52 PM

20. Like the Riddler on Star Trek.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Dec 31, 2014, 11:01 PM

25. WOW that is AMAZING!

How cool.

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