Researchers found that a rare type of bird really is a hybrid of not two but three species. It was…
Researchers found that a rare type of bird really is a hybrid of not two but three species. It was first discovered by a dedicated birdwatcher. Lowell Burk | The Cornell Lab of Ornithology )
In a rare case, researchers discovered that the bird observed in Pennsylvania is actually a hybrid of three birds.
What does this mean about the shrinkage species
It was in May 201
8 that the dedicated bird watcher Lowell Burket noted the outstanding bird in his family’s property in Pennsylvania. He took pictures and videos of the birds he saw, but then he noticed something strange about a male bird, he took a video of: the bird sang like a chestnut-sided cruiser but had the physical characteristics of both the golden wing and the blue winged wizard.
He saw the bird several times and came into contact with Cornell Lab’s Fuller Evolutionary Biology Lab. Someone came down within a week, and they collected blood samples and measurements of the bird for testing. In just a few days, the Burk’s hypothesis was confirmed.
In a study published in the journal Biology Letters researchers describe the unique bird that Burket saw in his property. DNA testing revealed that the bird is really a hybrid of not only two but three bird species: the gold winged wizard, the blue winged magician and the chestnut-sided magician.
Genetic analyzes revealed that the bird was a Golden Winged / Blue Winged Warbler hybrid, also known as a Brewster Warbler, while the father was a chestnut-sided cruiser. While hybridization is said to be common between the Golden Winged and Blue Winged Warblers, the combination of these species resulted in a hybrid of three species never recorded before.
As mentioned, hybridization is quite common for golden wing and blue winged warblers, but that does not mean that it no longer presents problems for the affected species. In fact, this has caused a dramatic decline in some golden wing birds. Furthermore, it is possible that the hybridization that resulted in the triple hybrid may have been the result of decreasing combat populations.
“This hybridization occurred in a population of Golden Winged Warblers in a significant decline suggests that women can best do a bad situation,” says study leader author David Toews, and also notes how it shows that warblers can still be genetically compatible despite evolutionary differences.
The question now is whether the new triple hybrid will thrive or if it becomes a pariah among warblers.
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