Living Bird Magazine
Smooth-billed AniCrotophaga ani
- ORDER: Cuculiformes
- FAMILY: Cuculidae
A bird of tropical savannahs in the Caribbean and South America, the Smooth-billed Ani reaches the United States only in southern Florida.More ID Info
- Garrapatero Aní (Spanish)
- Ani à bec lisse (French)
- Cool Facts
- Like other anis, the Smooth-billed Ani lives in small groups of one to five breeding pairs, and up to seventeen individuals. They defend a single territory and lay their eggs in one communal nest. All group members incubate the eggs and care for the young.
- One member of a Smooth-billed Ani group often sits on a high perch and watches for danger while the rest forage.
- Several Smooth-billed Ani females typically lay eggs and incubate in the same nest. Late-laying females bury the eggs of early-laying females with twigs and leaves, which can create a number of layers of eggs; only the top layer eventually hatches. As many as 36 eggs may be found in a single nest.
- Juvenile Smooth-billed Anis from first broods stay with their natal group and help feed the second brood.