Everyone could be obsessed with the Mandarin duck in New York these days, but there is another bird worth your attention.
In Pennsylvania there is a noticeable yellow, black and white bird, actually a hybrid between three different species, according to a statement from the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory.
Extremely careful bird watcher Lowell Burket saw a male bird in the Roaring Spring municipality in May. He noticed that the bird had the physical characteristics of a blue wing and a golden wing but was singing like a third species of chestnut ax. The bird ignored her interest in contacting Fuller's laboratory for evolutionary biology at Cornell after shooting and video.
"I tried to make e-mail sound intellectually so they would not think I was a crackpot," he said in release.
Fortunately, the lab did not think Burket was a bugger, and researcher David Toews soon got in touch with him. Together they found the bird again and took a blood sample and measurements for identification purposes.
As it turned out, Burket's doubt was right. DNA analysis showed that the mother of the bird hybrided between the golden wing and the blue wing, while the father was chestnut. Analysis results have been released this week in the scientific journal Biology Letters.
The article states that the mixture is of particular importance because the mother and father are not only different species but also different genera. The Golden and Blue winged warriors are both parts of the Vermivora genus, while chestnuts are part of the Setophaga genus.
Researchers suspect that this three-way hybridization has, in the end, been partly due to the fall in numbers in the local population of golden winged warriors, leaving women less potential partners. In response, they can "make the best out of a bad situation" by choosing friends outside their own kind and gender, the researchers wrote.
As for the rare new hybrid, we hope to enjoy the warm weather.
"The bird was released from a [United States Geological Survey] aluminum and he saw the property until the end of August, after which he was no longer seen, "Toews said in an e-mail to HuffPost." He probably went south for the winter! "