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Smooth-billed ani

Crotophaga ani

Description:

Passerine from the cuckoo family.The Smooth-billed Ani is about 33 cm (13 in) long and weighs 95 g (3.4 oz). 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. Gregarious. 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:

Virgin Islands, in the trees and bushes. It is a resident breeding species from southern Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, parts of Central America, south to western Ecuador, Brazil, and northern Argentina.

Notes:

The natives of the islands have the superstition that these birds show up when someone in your family is about to die. I must say this was luckily not the case for me :-)

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2 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Yes, nice that i decided to post it. I will add a few more sightings from BVI :-)

sttweets
sttweets 9 years ago

I was about to say it has to be an Ani, but the ID is already there!

The MnMs
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British Virgin Islands

Spotted on Nov 7, 2006
Submitted on Jun 22, 2011

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