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Groove-billed Ani

Crotophaga sulcirostris ORDER: CUCULIFORMES FAMILY: CUCULIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

An odd-looking black bird with a long tail and a large, curved beak, the Groove-billed Ani is a tropical species that reaches the United States only in pasturelands and open country of southern Texas. Its membership in the cuckoo family is revealed by its two-toes-foreward, two-toes-back foot arrangement.

Appearance

Blackbirdlike
Blackbirdlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Slender, long-tailed black bird.
  • Short thick, rounded beak.
  • Beak with parallel grooves running its length.

Immature Description

Immature like adult, but plumage duller and bill grooves indistinct.

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