Everyone can be obsessed with Mandarin Duck in New York, but there's another bird that's worth seeing.
The remarkable yellow, black-and-white bird seen in Pennsylvania is actually a hybrid between three different species, according to a report released by Cornell's Ornithology Laboratory.
Extremely attentive bird watcher Lowell Burket saw a male bird in Roaring Spring in May. He noticed that the bird had the physical attributes of a blue-winged and golden-yellow bird, but sang like a third kind, a chestnut rectangle. The bird was interested in contacting the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Lab in Cornell after taking pictures and videos.
"I tried to make the email sound a bit intellectually, so they would not think I was an unfortunate one," he said in his release.
Fortunately, the lab did not think Burket was a misfortune, and researcher David Toews met him soon. Together they found a bird again and took a blood sample and measurements for ID purposes.
As it turned out, Burket's suspicions were correct. The DNA analysis showed that the mother of the bird was a hybrid between the gold-horn and the blue-wing while the father was chestnut-hip. The results of the analysis were published this week in the scientific journal Biology Letters.
The paper states that the mixture is particularly important because the mother and father of birds were not just different species but also different genera. Green and blue whippets are part of the genus Vermivora, while the jellyfish are part of the genus Setophaga.
Scientists believe that this three-way hybridization eventually became partly due to the declining population of golden winged trunks, so women with fewer potential buddies. In response, they may be "the best of a bad situation" by choosing friends outside their species and genre, scientists wrote.
As for the rare new hybrid, hopefully he will enjoy some warmer weather at the moment.
"The bird was released and [United States Geological Survey] an aluminum band and was seen on the plot until the end of August, after which she had not seen it yet, "said Toews HuffPost in an e-mail." He was supposed to have moved south for the winter! "