There lives a bird named “Wisdom.” She is a Laysan albatross and is the oldest banded wild bird. She is believed to be at least 68 years-old! The average lifespan for this species is up to 40 years.
Wisdom is not only one old bird, she has laid another egg!
Her and her mate (Akeakamai) have returned to their nesting grounds in Hawaii at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge where they will raise their newest chick.
Scientists say Wisdom has successfully raised between 31 and 36 chicks in her lifetime.
Another amazing quality about Wisdom is she has been laying an egg every year since 2006 (which is unusual for the Laysan albatross).
What else is cool about the Laysan albatross? Check it out!
Did you know?
- There are 21 species of the albatross
- The Laysan Albatrosses eat mainly squid as well as fish eggs, crustaceans, floating carrion, and some discards from fishing boats.
- They feed by sitting on the water and plunging (with their beaks) to seize prey near the surface.
- Adults with chicks to feed take foraging trips that last up to 17 days. They can travel 1,600 miles (2,575 km) away from their nest.
- They can be found around the North Pacific.
- The Laysan albatross averages 32 inches (81 cm) in length.
- It has a wingspan of 77 to 80 inches (195 to 203 cm).
- Males weigh from 5.3 to 9 pounds (2.4 to 4.1 kg).
- Females weigh from 4.2 to 7.9 pounds (1.9 to 3.6 kg).
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Categories: Beaks & Bills