Groove-Billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris) -

A small sized member of the cuckoo family, it is known for having deep ridges running down its large bill.  (I am not sure what these are for). It has black iridescent feathers, and a tail the length of its body.  It is easily distinguished as a cuckoo because of the orientation of its toes.  Two toes point forward and two point backwards for better mobility on the ground. 

The nesting habits of this do not consist of stealing another bird’s nest.  Instead, they live in small communal groups, laying all eggs in one nest and taking turns incubating and caring for the hatchlings.  

They forage on the ground for insects and arthropods, and will occasionally eat fruits and berries.  They are common in tropical areas of South America and the Southern states during summer.  

Photos: (top) (middle) (bottom)

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Posted on Wednesday, 9 October
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