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World's Oldest Known Bird, Still Breeding...

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Chlidonias, 14 Feb 2019 at 10:16 AM.

  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    I remember in the early 1990's one of the birds in the Northern Royal Albatross colony at the Dunedin had reached a similar age. She was called 'Grandma'.
     
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    Grandma was around 60 years old when she disappeared, but no-one really knows her true age. She was banded as an adult in 1937, and estimated at about ten years old at that time.

    In 1989 she left the colony to go out to sea to feed, and never returned. She is presumed to have died or been killed somehow. This was fifty-two years after she was banded.

    She had a chick at the time and it was reared successfully by her mate and the reserve's wardens supplementary feeding it.
     
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    I am surprised nobody mentioned there are older known zoo birds. Zoo Berlin has older flamingo "Ingo":
    Senioren im Zoo - Flamingo Ingo ist der Älteste

    Zoo Basel also holds some very old flamingos. There can be also older cranes, parrots and vultures with known ages.
     
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    There is nowadays some cockatoo with more than 100 years old, or are all of them younger at the moment?