This Is For The Birds

This Is For The Birds

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wisdom, the Albatross, Gives Birth at Sixty-five

Wisdom Hatches a Healthy Chick at 65+ Years Old
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
February 8, 2016

The oldest known bird in the wild, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom – at least 65 years old – is a mother again at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick was observed still coming out of its shell on February 1, 2016 and days later was named Kūkini, which is a Hawaiian word for messenger. Wisdom’s mate had been on the nest since January 20 when he took over incubation duties while Wisdom headed out to sea. Wisdom returned just as the Super Bowl ended yesterday with her belly full. Shortly after Wisdom arrived, Wisdom’s mate was on the march towards the shoreline and immediately took flight in search of food.

Since I found Wisdom:

64-year-old Laysan Albatross Returns, Spotted with Mate
by Maui Now
November 25, 2015

Oldest Known Wild Bird Hatches Chick at 62
by Christine Dell’Amore
February 22, 2013

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