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Two-Faced Cardinal Swings Both Ways

Cardinal

Check out this gynandromorphic cardinal with bilateral asymmetry. Kottke explains that "the left side of the bird is male and the right side is female...a red/brown split right down the middle."

The photo was recently posted by Minnesota Birdnerd. One more shot, AFTER THE JUMP...

Cardingal

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  1. Better check that. I think it would be Asymmetry...

    or spray paint.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 29, 2009 11:34:34 AM


  2. Spray paint and a canary! It's so creative and we need this sort of creative mind in such hard economic times!

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jan 29, 2009 12:03:13 PM


  3. Just in time for the Super Bowl- a Cardinals reference in towleroad!

    Go Cards!

    Posted by: Tom A. | Jan 29, 2009 12:11:23 PM


  4. Is this a way of say Cardinals can go f**k themselves? Teehee teehee

    Posted by: Keith | Jan 29, 2009 12:21:12 PM


  5. That wasn't the story I thought I'd see after that headline... lol.

    Posted by: Roy | Jan 29, 2009 12:26:17 PM


  6. Great. Now the Religious Reich will campaign to put bird discrimination into our constitution....

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Jan 29, 2009 12:41:40 PM


  7. Well, I guess that cardinal can just go fuck itself.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jan 29, 2009 1:48:23 PM


  8. Whoops! Sorry, didn't see Keith's comment.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jan 29, 2009 1:49:51 PM


  9. Actually it's a bit scary. This isn't something that's generally found in nature and could be a sign of the effects of toxicity of the environment.

    Posted by: Countervail | Jan 29, 2009 2:52:57 PM


  10. Countervail, that's an interesting observation.

    Gays aren't something generally found in nature too. Maybe it's the air.

    Posted by: Joel | Jan 29, 2009 7:47:54 PM


  11. But gays are found in nature. They are usually minorities, but there are many species that have same gender sexual interactions between at least some of their members.

    Posted by: RedCedar | Jan 29, 2009 7:55:16 PM


  12. But gays are found in nature. They are usually minorities, but there are many species that have same gender sexual interactions between at least some of their members.

    Posted by: RedCedar | Jan 29, 2009 7:55:48 PM


  13. Actually this isnt that uncommon in nature and happens with humans sometiems, its called Chimerism.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 29, 2009 9:49:16 PM


  14. That doesn't look real

    Posted by: Garst | Jan 30, 2009 12:59:25 AM


  15. Some cool stuff on chimerism posted here. It's actually come up in one or two legal cases involving DNA evidence. Really uncommon in people though, and this "right down the middle" chimerism in the cardinal is exceptional and beautiful.

    The other neat thing is that all the other cardinals aren't stoning it to death.

    Posted by: Yeek | Jan 30, 2009 8:14:01 AM


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