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Groove-billed Ani

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Groove-billed Ani

Crotophaga sulcirostris
  • ORDER: Cuculiformes
  • FAMILY: Cuculidae
Basic Description

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.

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Other Names
  • Garrapatero Asurcado (Spanish)
  • Ani à bec cannelé (French)
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