The oldest Wild Bird in the world has hatched another chick. This is very surprising as this bird known as Wisdom is 70 years old. Albatrosses go back to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge every year and reunite with the same mate.
Since 2012, Wisdom and Akeakamai, her mate, have been hatching chicks together. Albatrosses are different from other wild birds as they don’t lay eggs every year. When they eventually do lay eggs, they lay just one egg.
Wisdom, the oldest wild bird in the world would have hatched nothing less than 30 chicks during her lifetime, according to biologists’ estimate. Asides from hatching a chick at age 70, another amazing thing about this bird is the distance Wisdom has flown. She had flown at least 3 million miles as of age 60. This is equivalent to about 6 trips from the Earth to the moon.
Each year that Wisdom returns, we learn more about how long seabirds can live and raise chicks. Her return not only inspires bird lovers everywhere, but helps us better understand how we can protect these graceful seabirds and the habitat they need to survive into the future.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Dr. Beth Flint
As an adult, Wisdom might have flown 50,000 miles per year. Every year, several generations of albatrosses have a reunion at Midway Atoll. Albatross share the duties of incubation for a period of 65 days and they share the duties of feeding immediately the chick hatches.