Rare abnormality: Cardinal in Texas is half male, half female

Rare abnormality: Cardinal in Texas is half male, half female
Decidedly gender-binary, in this case. Inland Bird Banding Association via Fox 13 Tampa Bay

[Ed. – Yes, literally male-plumed on one side, female on the other, with biology to match.  Think I’d stay away from Bodega Bay for a while.  And Padre Island, for that matter.  Next up: ravens flying upside down.]

A northern cardinal with an extremely rare abnormality was discovered in central Texas.

According to the Inland Bird Banding Association, the bird shows apparent bilateral gynandromorphism, a rare abnormality that causes it to have female plumage on one side of its body, and male on the other. Such birds have both an ovary and a testis, they said.

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