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Have You Ever Seen a Gynandromorphic Bird?

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Alright, truth time. Did anyone else not know  gynandromorphic birds even existed?

I feel like I have seen a lot of birds in my short time on Earth. I’ve seen big birds, small birds, colorful birds, and ugly birds. However, I don’t think I have ever seen gynandromorphic birds.

So by now you are probably wondering what the heck gynandromorphic means. Well, the easiest explanation is that an animal is born split down the middle with one side male and the other side female. The result is often a once-in-a-lifetime encounter, just like seeing one of these animals.

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Gynandromorphic traits most often happen in insects and crustaceans. However, such extremely rare cases do happen in higher lifeforms like the cardinals in these pictures.

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Pretty wild isn’t it? Have you ever seen a transsexual animal? If you have, count yourself pretty lucky, especially if you encounter such an animal in the wild.

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Have You Ever Seen a Gynandromorphic Bird?