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A 68 year old Albatross lays an egg

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Old Saturday 8th December 2018, 18:26   #1
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A 68 year old Albatross lays an egg

This is where ringing/banding comes in handy.
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Originally Posted by KC Foggin View Post
This is where ringing/banding comes in handy.
From Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels:

"Age of first breeding for this species of albatross in one study conducted on Midway Atoll with large samples was from five to 16 years (mean nine years), but with very few birds of either sex recorded commencing breeding as five-year-olds. Females tend to lag one year behind males".

Wisdom could be 74-79 years old...
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