A new parrot with shiny golden feathers will surprise the experts

A new parrot with shiny golden feathers will surprise the experts

When researchers found a parrot with shiny golden feathers, they thought at first that a new species had been discovered, but what they discovered was unusual.

The bird – found in the Cordillera Azul National Park in the Peruvian Andes – is a previously undocumented hybrid of two different species native to western South America: the Pink-throated Brilliant hummingbird, Heliodoxa gularis, and the Rufous-webbed Brilliant. Heliodoxa branickii. Published earlier this year in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the researchers say the discovery opens the door to many questions about hybridization.

Different hummingbird species are genetically distinct and do not interbreed with each other, according to a news release about the study from the Chicago Museum, but “hybrids break that rule.” The hummingbird’s distribution is unknown to researchers, but it may be a driver of the color change.

“It is not clear how common the species of hummingbirds like the one in this study are, but the researchers speculate that hybrids like these may contribute to the different colors found in the hummingbird family tree.”

A gold-throated hybrid, center, with its parent species H. branickii (left) and H.  gularis (right).

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Both the Pink-throated Brilliant hummingbird and the Rufous-webbed Brilliant hummingbird have bright pink throats, so researchers wanted to understand how the two combined could produce a golden-throated hummingbird.

According to the press release, it is rare in the hummingbird family for members of the same species to have very different throat colors, which is why scientists were surprised when the birds’ DNA matched.

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