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Researchers Find Rare Bird With Both Male And Female Characteristics

A gynandromorph — a bird that is both female and male — was banded at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Recotr, Pennsylvania  during its fall migration. (Annie Lindsay/Powdermill Nature Reserve - Carnegie Museum of Natural History)
A gynandromorph — a bird that is both female and male — was banded at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Recotr, Pennsylvania during its fall migration. (Annie Lindsay/Powdermill Nature Reserve - Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

Rose-breasted grosbeaks are not uncommon during fall migration in western Pennsylvania. But scientists at a research station were surprised to see a rare rose-breasted grosbeak at their bird banding station recently.

The bird was male on one side and female on the other.  Kara Holsopple of The Allegheny Front reports.

 

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