The World’s Oldest Wild Bird

Hermanus Bird Club

“There was huge excitement last week at the Midway Atoll Bird Refuge in the South Pacific, when 67 year old Laysan Albatross, named Wisdom, appeared once again and commenced breeding with her long-term partner.

Wisdom was first ringed on Midway as a 5 year old in 1956 by seabird ornithologist Chandler Robbins and has been returning regularly ever since, raising a chick most years. She is thus the world’s oldest known wild bird.

Midway Atoll is the largest albatross breeding colony in the world and is home to more than 70% of the world’s Laysan Albatrosses.

Considering the hazards posed by long-line fishing boats and plastic ingestion Wisdom appears to be extremely fortunate to have survived for so long and to still be producing viable offspring.

Long may she continue!”

Mike Ford

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