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World’s Oldest Bird Named Wisdom Lost Her Mate But is Courting New Suitors at 72


Wisdom the Laysan albatross (on left), the world’s oldest bird, in mating dance – USFWS via SWNS

The world’s oldest bird may have lost her mate, but she’s now courting new suitors in her 70s.

The Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was photographed dancing with potential mates on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, the seabird’s home.

Thought to be around 72 years old and recognized by her band number Z333, she returned again for nesting season in late November.

Her long-time mate, Akeakamai, has yet to be seen and was absent the last two nesting seasons.

But Wisdom was spotted in the spring socializing with other male birds.

Laysan albatross females lay a single egg in the first half of December, said Jonathan Plissner, supervisory wildlife biologist at the national wildlife refuge.

“She is quite spry for a septuagenarian,” Plissner reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “She was actively courting other birds.”

It is estimated that Wisdom has produced 50-60 eggs and as many as 30 chicks that fledged during her lifetime, according to Plissner.

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March photo of the ‘spry septuagenarian’ – USFWS / SWNS

Biologists first identified and banded Wisdom in 1956 after she laid an egg. They aren’t known to breed before age 5.

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Along with Wisdom, millions of seabirds return to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the North Pacific Ocean to nest and raise their young.

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