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Smooth-billed ani

Crotophaga ani

Description:

This bird measures 30–36 cm (12–14 in) in length and weighs 71–133 g (2.5–4.7 oz). The adult is mainly flat black, with a long tail, deep ridged black bill and a brown iris. Its flight is weak and wobbly, but the bird runs well and usually feeds on the ground. This is a very gregarious species, always found in noisy groups. The calls include a whining ooo-leeek. The smooth-billed ani feeds on termites, large insects and even lizards and frogs. They will occasionally remove ticks and other parasites from grazing animals.

Habitat:

Mangrove swamp

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

Mexico

Spotted on Dec 17, 2012
Submitted on Jan 1, 2013

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