The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Lays Another Egg at 68

Samantha Schwab
Dec 10, 2018
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Wisdom, the 68-year-old Laysan albatross, the world’s oldest wild bird, has laid another egg, which scientists think is her 37th, according to The Guardian.

On November 29, Wisdom turned up at her original nesting site at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge for winter (Laysan albatross return to the place they were born each year). Here, she laid another egg with her longtime partner, Akeakamai, whom she met at 56 years old.

According to a blog post by Kelly Goodale, a fish and wildlife service refuge biologist, the couple has met at the refuge every year since 2006 to lay and hatch eggs.

Wisdom was banded by biologist Chandler Robbins in 1956 near the US Navy Barracks when she was at least 5 years old, which is considered to be an adult age for albatross. Scientists will band birds to track and monitor their populations.

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