66-year-old al­ba­tross hatches an­other chick

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - By Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff

Wis­dom, the world’s old­est known breed­ing bird in the wild, is at it again. The Laysan al­ba­tross, known to be at least 66 years old, suc­cess­fully hatched an­other chick at Mid­way Atoll Na­tional Wildlife Refuge and Bat­tle of Mid­way Na­tional Me­mo­rial within Pa­pa­hanaumokuakea Marine Na­tional Mon­u­ment, the mon­u­ment re­ported Thurs­day.

Wis­dom was first spot­ted in­cu­bat­ing an egg two months ago at the same nest­ing site that the bird and her mate, Akeaka­mai, use each year, of­fi­cials said. “Wis­dom con­tin­ues to in­spire peo­ple around the world. She has re­turned home to Mid­way Atoll for over six decades and raised at least 30 to 35 chicks,” Bob Pey­ton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice pro­ject leader of the Mid­way refuge and me­mo­rial, said in a news re­lease.

It takes nearly seven months to in­cu­bate an egg and raise a chick to fledge, with each par­ent tak­ing a turn in­cu­bat­ing the egg or watch­ing over the chick while the other searches for food at sea, ac­cord­ing to the mon­u­ment. “Be­cause Laysan al­ba­tross don’t lay eggs ev­ery year and when they do, they raise only one chick at a time, the con­tri­bu­tion of even one bird to the pop­u­la­tion makes a dif­fer­ence,” Pey­ton said.

The world’s largest colony of al­ba­trosses is found at Mid­way Atoll, which in­cludes nearly 70 per­cent of the world’s Laysan al­ba­trosses and nearly 40 per­cent of black-footed al­ba­trosses, as well as en­dan­gered short-tailed al­ba­trosses.


Wis­dom, a 66-year-old Laysan al­ba­tross, feeds her new chick at the Mid­way Atoll Na­tional Wildlife Refuge and Bat­tle of Mid­way Na­tional Me­mo­rial in the Pa­pa­hanaumokuakea Marine Na­tional Mon­u­ment.


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