As I was creating this old “Duffer” for Weird Bird Wednesday…
I wondered how long do birds live? So I discovered online at National Geographic, that the World’s oldest Flamingo, whose name was “Greater” and lived at Australia’s Adelaide Zoo, was put to sleep at age 83! The bird was suffering from severe arthritis and was nearly blind so the zookeeper felt it was the humane thing to do.
An Albatross named “Wisdom,” may be the oldest bird to give birth. At age 62, she hatched a new chick, possibly her 35th baby! She was still going strong in 2012 living at the Midway Atoll Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific.
I also learned online at Wild Birds, that larger birds tend to live longer. Check out this link to find other longevity records of banded birds in the wild: http://www.wildbirds.com/ProtectBirds/LifeExpectancy/tabid/709/Default.aspx
One final note about this old Duffer bird, who was a member of this golf club:
Rarely did he get one stroke under par, (a birdie), two strokes (an eagle) was unheard of and three strokes, (an albatross) was never on his scorecard…
Maybe you know other old duffers who belong to the same club?!
May your day be above par! Cheers! 🙂