Researchers have discovered a rare bird in Pennsylvania. The bird is the offspring of a hybrid war mother and a…
Researchers have discovered a rare bird in Pennsylvania. The bird is the offspring of a hybrid war mother and a warrior father from an entirely different family. The combination resulted in a three-species hybrid bird, something that has never been recorded before.
“It’s extremely rare,” says lead author David Toews from Cornell University. “The Honan is a Golden Winged / Blue Winged Warbler hybrid – also known as Brewster’s Warbler. She then linked with a chestnut-sided Warbler and successfully reproduced.”
A hybrid species is formed when two separate species are interbreed to produce a hybrid population. While hybridization is common among Golden Winged and Blue Winged Warblers, a cross between these species and chestnut-sided Warblers is by far rare. It’s actually something we never actually know.
In May 201
8, a special bird watcher from Pennsylvania noted an oddity in the unique hybrid bird. He found a male bird singing like a chestnut-sided warrior. Surprisingly, it also had some of the physical characteristics of both Blue Wing and Golden Winged Warblers. The bird was so different that he knew at once that it was no known species. Lowell Burcket contacted researchers in Cornell to confirm his hunch.
“I tried to get the email to sound a little intellectual so they would not think I was a cracking pot,” Burket said. “After taking the pictures and the video, we helped. Within a week, researcher David Toews came down. We found the bird again and collected a blood sample and measurements. It was a very interesting and exciting morning for us. A few days later, I received A text message from Dave says, “You were right!” “
Genetic analysis revealed that the breeding of two distinct parenties gave rise to this brand new triple hybrid warrior.
“We looked at the genes coding for different warrior colors,” explains Toews. “In this way we were able to recreate what the mother of the hybrid would have seen – the avian equivalent of a detective’s facial composite but generated from genes. We confirmed that the mother would have looked like a Brewster’s Warbler and the father was a chestnut- sided warbler. “
This kind of unique hybridization is likely to be caused by a reduction of combat populations. For example, the Golden Winged Warbler is exaggerated. The species has been proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Due to their decline, these birds have limited opportunities to choose from.
“That this hybridization occurred within a population of Golden Winged Warblers in a significant decline suggests that women can make the best of a bad situation,” says Toews. “It also tells me that wood warriors in general have remained genetically compatible long after they develop great differences in appearance.”