The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird — 63-Years-Old! — Has a New Baby

February 8, 2014 at 2:29 PM Leave a comment

Wow. Astounding (and what a beautiful bird):

From the United States Fish and Wildlife Service:

Wisdom and her chick (Image Ann Bell:USFWS via

Wisdom and her chick (image AnnBell:USFWS via

A  Laysan albatross known as “Wisdom” – at least 63 years old – is once again busy rearing a chick on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.   The newly hatched chick was first seen by visitor services manager, Ann Bell, being cared for by Wisdom the morning of February 4, 2014.  Wisdom is a female albatross first banded as an adult in 1956.

“As the world’s oldest known bird in the wild, Wisdom is an iconic symbol of inspiration and hope for all seabird species.” said Dan Clark, refuge manager for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. “She provides to the world valuable information about the longevity of these beautiful creatures.  In the case of Wisdom, she has logged literally millions of miles over the Pacific Ocean in her lifetime to find enough fish eggs and squid to feed herself and multiple chicks, allowing us the opportunity to measure the health of our oceans which sustain albatross as well as ourselves.”


One of the greatest threats to the long term survival of Laysan albatross and black-footed albatross, whose primary nesting sites are the low islands of Papahānaumokuākea Monument is the loss of nesting habitat due to sea level rise.




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