Half Male, Half Female Cardinal

09/18/2012

Yesterday I posted about Venus the Chimera Cat, who looks like two different cats were cut down the middle and made into one.

Today's post is about a cardinal that is apparently half male, half female--and not just in the genetalia department.  Male cardinals are bright red while females are a dull brownish color to provide camoflauge. This particular bird sports the colorations of both birds and is literall split down the middle.

Here's one photo.  Check out the Why Evolution is True blog for more the photos of this bizarre bird and to learn more about its rare genetic condition.

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Photo by Brian Peer via Why Evolution is True blog.

Shameless plug: Attract cardinals and other birds to your yard with my book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife


David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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