With age, comes Wisdom (the albatross)

Wisdom the albatross is the oldest bird in the world at 72. It’s amazing to think that a single bird can live for that long, especially since all but 1 of the 22 species of albatrosses recognised by the IUCN are at some level of concern. (For further context, albatrosses tend to live up to the age of 40.)

Wisdom is a female Laysan albatross who nests in the North Pacific Ocean. She was likely born around 1951 (although she may have hatched before then) and was tagged in 1956, making her the oldest bird in the world. She’s also one of the oldest known breeding wild bird having laid healthy eggs as recently as 2021.

Bird related: The 13 birds of Christmas

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