The United States Fish and Wildlife Services reported that Wisdom, the oldest bird on the planet is pregnant again and that it will soon give birth. According to the recent estimates, Wisdom is approximately 66-years old, and she’s been nesting in the same spot, in Midway, for the past six decades.
Bob Peyton, the project leader of Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, declared for the press that Wisdom, the 66-years old Laysan albatross, has been sighted returning to her nest last month. According to Peyton, Wisdom is pregnant again and is expected to deliver any time now.
Although no one knows for sure how old is the Layton albatross, we have some data going back to the early ‘50s. The Layton albatross, which is the star attraction of the Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Midway, was tagged for the first time by an ornithologist in 1956.
Since then, the researchers tracked the bird’s every move. Over six decades later, Wisdom gave birth to dozens of chicks and returned year after year to the same nest located in the Midway natural reservation.
Eager to learn more about Wisdom, the oldest bird in the world? Then here are some more fun facts for you.
- Scientists believe that Wisdom was born in circa 1951, and she was tagged at the age of five years old by Chandler Robbins, an ornithologist. Robbins was the senior researcher at the United States Geological Survey prior to his retirement.
- Over the years, Wisdom laid approximately 36 eggs.
- Laysan albatrosses are monogamous and usually, lay an egg per year. This means that Wisdom spent more than half of her life laying eggs.
- Wisdom is considered the oldest bird of her species, and the oldest egg-laying wild bird.
- Since the bird was first tagged in 1951, it flew approximately 3 million miles.
- The second most longeval albatross is Grandma. She nests in New Zealand, and she is approximately 61 years old.
- Albatrosses have the largest wingspan in the bird world (11 feet and 4 inches).
- The Laysan albatross’s archenemy is the tiger shark.
- Laysan albatrosses have an uncanny sense of smell.
- Sometimes they prefer mating with same-sex partners.
- Laysan albatrosses will tail sunfish in order to eat the crustacean which attach to their skin.
- These birds will sometimes feed on garbage left behind by boats.
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