Everyone could be obsessed with the Mandarin duck in New York these days, but there is another bird worth paying attention.
The astounding yellow, black and white bird in Pennsylvania is actually a hybrid between three different species, according to a report from the Cornell Lab of Ornithologists.
An extremely careful birdwatcher Lovell Burket in May saw a bird in the county of Roaring Spring. He noticed that the bird had physical characteristics of the blue wing and golden wing, but sang as the third type, the chestnut side of the pine. The bird was interested enough to contact Fuller Evolutionari Biologi Lab in Cornell after the photo and video.
"I tried to make e-mail sounds somewhat intellectual, so they should not think I'm a cracked," he said in a statement.
Fortunately, the lab did not think Burket was a shotgun, and researcher David Toevs soon came into contact with him. Together they found a bird again and took a blood sample and measurements for ID needs.
As it turned out, Burke's suspicion was true. The DNA analysis showed that the bird's mother was a hybrid between the golden wing and the blue wing, while the father was a skeleton on the side. The results of the analysis were published this week in Biologi Letters.
The paper states that the mixture is particularly important because the mother and the father of the bird are not only different species, but also different genera. The golden and blue winglets are both of the Vermivor genus, while the chestnut bundles are part of the genus Setophaga.
Researchers suspect that this triaxial hybridization is partly due in part to the decline in the number of local populations of golden wings, leaving women with less potential partners. In response, they can "do the best of the bad situation" by choosing friends outside of their kind and gender, researchers wrote.
As for the rare new hybrid, I hope to enjoy it in some warmer weather at this time.
"The bird was released from a [United States Geological Survey] an aluminum band and was seen on the farm by the end of August, after which it was no longer seen, "Toevs told HuffPost in email." I suppose he migrated south for the winter! "