World's Oldest Wild Bird 'Wisdom' is Set to Give Birth to 37th Chick at the Age of 68
Wisdom, the Layasan albatross, recently returned to her traditional nesting site at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and is likely to have mated with her old boyfriend Akeakamai.
According to announcements made by the US Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region, the albatross recently returned to her traditional nesting site at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and is likely to have mated with her old boyfriend Akeakamai. Wisdom was declared an 'adult' in 1958 and has been raising chicks since then. According to biologists studying her, she has laid 36 eggs before and this is the 37th time she is pregnant.
She's Baaaaaack! Wisdom - world's oldest known wild bird- returned to Midway Atoll NWR on 11/29 and laid an egg! Wisdom was first identified and banded by biologists as an adult in 1956 – making her at LEAST 6⃣8⃣ years old! #Wisdom (1) https://t.co/Iv8GZr5os9 pic.twitter.com/fC3sbHxmF7— USFWS Pacific Region (@USFWSPacific) December 5, 2018
Wisdom was first banded by biologist Chandler Robbins. In 2002, Robbins returned to Midway to find the birds he banded in those early years. He "discovered" Wisdom still there at the same nest site. Over 250,000 birds have been banded on Midway Atoll! #Wisdom (2)— USFWS Pacific Region (@USFWSPacific) December 5, 2018
According to biologists, the fact that Wisdom comes back to the same nesting site is due a behaviour referred to as "nesting fidelity". It is important to preserve sites such as these to maintain future generations of these wandering bird species.
Twitterati reacted with joy and humour at this amazing avian feat.
Conservationists are celebrating the return of Wisdom the Laysan Albatross. At an estimated 68 years old, Wisdom is the world's oldest known wild bird and she has a new chick on the way! #Conservation #Seabird #Albatross @USFWSPacific https://t.co/1CcQHz6NrN pic.twitter.com/joTyrPpYMJ— Island Conservation (@NoExtinctions) December 7, 2018
Wisdom, a 68-year-old Laysan albatross, world's oldest known wild bird to become a mother for the 37th time — She has laid another egg with her longtime lover Akeakamai at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refugehttps://t.co/59l7DOXYzk pic.twitter.com/Lh3dyxPmHK— Alfons López Tena #FBPE (@alfonslopeztena) December 7, 2018
Wisdom the albatross is ... #Wisdom (4)— USFWS Pacific Region (@USFWSPacific) December 5, 2018
Those eyes say, "I've made a huge mistake" pic.twitter.com/SJBqzsUgvp— 💣 ANGRY NEW YEAR 💣 (@SweetieBirdR) December 7, 2018
A true skinny legend pic.twitter.com/CoyKjTTZGG— Hail Sleightan (@en_plein_baer) December 7, 2018
I hope I look as good as she does when I get to be her age. She and her cohorts are beautiful. Stinky, but beautiful.— Allison Veit (@veit2coffee) December 8, 2018
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