First identified by researchers in 1956, Wisdom is one of almost a million Laysan albatrosses that nest on Midway Atoll each year. The species is known for being exceptionally long-lived, but officials say Wisdom is breaking previous longevity records by at least a decade.
At 82 years old, a cockatoo named Cookie at the Chicago-area Brookfield Zoo is currently the oldest known bird in captivity. However, as a zoo animal, Cookie has nowhere near the flight time of Wisdom, who has likely flown over three million miles in her life.
Cookie, a Major Mitchell's cockatoo.Flickr/Nimesh Madhavan