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Smooth Billed Ani

Crotophaga ani


The smooth-billed ani is a mid-sized species, larger on average than the groove-billed ani but smaller than the greater ani. It measures 30–36 cm in length and weighs 71–133 g. The adult is mainly flat black, with a long tail, deep ridged black bill and a brown iris. The flight is weak and wobbly, but the bird runs well and usually feeds on the ground.


In a field with some trees close to Canaima Lagoon. Near jungle, savanna, mountains (Tepui) and rivers.


This bird was in a flock of 6/7 birds. I noticed them as they were kind of noisy in their flapping about in the trees.

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Muckpuk a year ago

Thank you AshleyT. I am thrilled!
( guessed I missed the honour this week as I just noticed the well deserved Spotting of the Week goes to the python chasing the possum, congratulations! )
Still, great to be noticed!

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Muckpuk a year ago

Thanks Zlatan! I thought they were surprisingly weird looking. :-)

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Very interesting species; love photos and notes.

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Bolívar, Venezuela

Lat: 6.24, Long: -62.85

Spotted on Jan 3, 2018
Submitted on Jan 23, 2018

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