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 | Cornell Lab of Ornithology )
In a rare case, researchers discovered that the bird observed in Pennsylvania is a hybrid of three birds.
What does this mean about involved runny species?
It was in May 2018 that the dedicated bird watcher Lowell Burket noted the outstanding bird in family 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 wing
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, Bur's hypothesis was confirmed.
In a study published in the newspaper biology Letters, researcher describes the unique bird that the can see in his property. DNA testing revealed that the bird really is a hybrid of not only two but three bird species: the golden winged cruiser, the blue-winged cruiser and the chestnut-sided cruiser.
Genetic analyzes revealed that the bird's mother was a Golden Winged / Blue Winged Warbler hybrid, also known as a Brewster's Warbler, while the father was a chestnut-sided cruiser. While hybridization is said to be common between Golden Winged and Blue Winged Warblers, the combination of these species resulted in a three-species hybrid that has never been recorded before.
Hybrid Bird Problem
As mentioned, hybridization is quite common for gold-winged and blue-winged warblers, but it 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 a result of the reduction of combat populations.
"That this hybridization occurred within a population of Golden Winged Warblers in a significant decline indicates 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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