Wisdom‘s newest chick shortly after hatching, with its Dad, Akeakamai. Photo credit: Jon Brack/Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

World’s Oldest Known, Banded Wild Bird Hatches Chick at Midway Atoll

Wisdom’s chick pipping. Pipping is when a young bird begins to crack the shell of the egg when hatching. Sometimes the process can take multiple days. Photo credit: Jon Brack/Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Biologists gently applying a bird band to one of Wisdom’s previous chicks. Always done in pairs, one person carefully holds the chick while the other applies the band around the birds’ leg. Photo credit: USFWS

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