This Extraordinary Bird Is Both Male and Female, Divided Down the Middle

From Men’s Health

  • Scientists have discovered a gynandromorphic (two-sexed) bird in a Pennsylvania nature reserve.
  • The bird displays an even split down the middle between male and female feather coloring, leaving researchers to label it a “unicorn.”
  • The bird is likely a product of a genetic anomaly, but it’s perfectly healthy.

Every once in a while, a genetic anomaly will occur in the animal world that blows scientists’ minds. Take, for example, the exotic bird in the image above. It’s “gynandromorphic,” which means a specimen containing both female and male characteristics that can sometimes be seen in physical traits on the body.

Meet the rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus), which displays an even split down the middle between male and female feather coloring. The bird’s right side shows red plumage (male), while and its left shows golden yellow feathers (female), according to scientists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural

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