By: KDKA-TV News Staff
RECTOR, Pa. (KDKA) – Researchers in Pennsylvania have caught a rare part-female, part-male bird.READ MORE: Port Authority Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Policy For Employees, Adds Cash Incentive
Researchers at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center in Rector caught and banded the Rose-breasted Grosbeak gynandromorph last week.
A gynandromorph is genetically half female and half male, and this bird is split by a line that runs roughly down its middle. On the right side, you can see the male pink wing pits, breast spot and black wing feathers. On the left side, you can see the female yellow wing pits and browner wing.READ MORE: Two People Sentenced To Prison For Roles In Deadly 2019 Sheraden Shooting
The Powdermill Nature Reserve’s avian research center has recorded fewer than 10 bilateral gynandromorphs in more than six decades of bird banding.
“The entire banding team was very excited to see such a rarity up close, and are riding the high of this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Annie Lindsay, bird banding program manager at Powdermill in a press release.MORE NEWS: Suspected Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty To Charges, Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison
“One of them described it as ‘seeing a unicorn’ and another described the adrenaline rush of seeing something so remarkable. They all are incredibly grateful to be part of such a noteworthy and interesting banding record. Bilateral gynandromorphism, while very uncommon, is normal and provides an excellent example of a fascinating genetic process that few people ever encounter.”