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#5539055 - 01/12/15 09:31 PM Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
I have seen this cardinal at my bird feeder several times in the last few weeks. This is the best photo I have been able to get to-date. It's head is white with a red top notch. Hope to get a better photo. After researching the Internet. It describes this as a rare bilateral gynandromorph condition which means the bird is half female and half male resulting in the color phase. Has anyone else seen one like this?


cardinal white head by wfhunter, on Flickr

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#5539071 - 01/12/15 09:36 PM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
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Loc: Freestone county, Texas
Yep! Had one just like that in our back yard about a year ago. We just thought it was a young male, but it looked exactly like that. Haven't really looked for it, but will start watching to see if he/she is still around.

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#5539073 - 01/12/15 09:38 PM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
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That is a weird looking bird.
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#5539082 - 01/12/15 09:40 PM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: Simple Searcher]
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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
That is a weird looking bird.


I have never seen one like it.
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#5539091 - 01/12/15 09:41 PM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
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Had a pink one a couple of years ago. I think he went both ways too.

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#5539812 - 01/13/15 09:21 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: yeti2009]
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Originally Posted By: yeti2009
Had a pink one a couple of years ago. I think he went both ways too.



lol

http://wordlesstech.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/A-Rare-half-male-and-half-female-Bird-1.jpg


cool bird
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#5539823 - 01/13/15 09:27 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
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Awesome. Have never seen one
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#5539828 - 01/13/15 09:29 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
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So hermaphrodites are not just on the TFF....cool.
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#5539984 - 01/13/15 10:28 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
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I have seen one like that before. I thought it was just a female cardinal.
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#5540017 - 01/13/15 10:38 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
Heat Offline
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That bird is called a Pyrrhuloxia, looks like a cardinal but slightly different plumage.

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#5540082 - 01/13/15 10:57 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
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Does the belly have the red tint to it or no?

http://www.wbu.com/chipperwoods/photos/ncard_leucistic.htm
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#5540094 - 01/13/15 10:59 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: wfhunter]
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#5540150 - 01/13/15 11:26 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: Navasot]
wfhunter Offline
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas


Does not have a red tint to the belly, looks more whitish.

This photo you posted sure looks like it!

Here are a couple links to what I referenced.


http://news.discovery.com/animals/bi-color-cardinal-mystery-110531.htm

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/12/half-male-half-female-bird-has-rough-life

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#5540163 - 01/13/15 11:33 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: Heat]
wfhunter Offline
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted By: Heat
That bird is called a Pyrrhuloxia, looks like a cardinal but slightly different plumage.


I don't think this is what it is. Close!

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#5540173 - 01/13/15 11:36 AM Re: Rare Cardinal at Bird Feeder [Re: skinnerback]
wfhunter Offline
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted By: skinnerback
So hermaphrodites are not just on the TFF....cool.


Or the THF! LOL!

roflmao bolt

I don't know what it is, but fun seeing a strange bird at the feeder.

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