Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Sixty-something Wisdom the Laysan Albatross hatches another chick on Midway Atoll

At an estimated 67 years of age, Wisdom the globally Near Threatened Laysan Albatross Phoebastria immutabilis, the world’s oldest known breeding bird, hatched her latest egg (click here) on 6 February this year. Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai of 12 years breed on Midway Atoll in the North Pacific; both are colour-banded to aid in identification.


Wisdom with her 2018 chick, photograph by Bob Peyton, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Wisdom has been breeding on Midway Atoll since at least 1956, when she was first banded by the late Chandler Robbins.

She has successfully raised an estimated 30-36 albatross chicks over the course of her life to date.

Visit Wisdom’s USFWS and Facebook pages for more information and photographs.  Read the latest news here and access the many ACAP Latest News postings on Wisdom here.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 26 February 2018