World’s oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll

HONOLULU — Federal wildlife officials say the world’s oldest known wild bird has become a mother again at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the atoll northwest of Hawaii.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say Wisdom is at least 68 years old and has raised at least 31 chicks.

Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, have been returning to the atoll to lay and hatch eggs since 2006. Laysan albatrosses mate for life and lay one egg per year.

The albatross parents take turn incubating an egg for about seven months. Chicks fly out to sea in about five to six months after hatching.

Midway Atoll is home to about 1 million albatrosses.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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