Rare Cardinal Photographed Near Warren Pennsylvania

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GRAND VALLEY – A longtime bird photographer in Pennsylvania captured images of what he calls a “once-in-a-lifetime” bird sighting, a rare cardinal appearing to be half male and half female.

Image by James R. Hill, III

In a post on Facebook, James Hill shared images of the cardinal spotted over the weekend in Grand Valley Pennsylvania.

Hill calls it a “once-in-a-lifetime, one in a million encounter” describing the bird as “divided right down the middle, half male and half female.”

Typically, male cardinals have bright red plumage, while females are “buffy brownish.”

Image by James R. Hill, III

He first heard about the bird from a friend of the homeowner where it was spotted.

Once he got the homeowner’s permission, he got to work, snapping photos that later went viral online.


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