A lanky, large-billed, glossy-black bird of Southern Texas. Adult is iridescent black overall, with long tail, short wings, and bare skin around eye. Bill is very deep; upper mandible is almost level with top of head, curving down to meet lower mandible. Namesake grooves on bill usually distinguish from Smooth-billed Ani, but overlaps; note range. Sexes are similar. Name is pronounced Ah-nee.
Length: 34 (cm) Wingspan: 43 (cm)
Low gurgling and high whistled notes.
Open fields, woodland edges, shrubby areas, thickets.
Often in vicinity of livestock. Typically seen in small groups. Sometimes perches stationary with spread wings to soak up sunshine. Nest is a cup of twigs, lined with finer materials, placed low in shrub or tree.
Gleans foliage or forages on ground. Sometimes follows cattle to catch disturbed insects, or pick bugs off the animals' backs. Eats a variety of insects and other small prey, as well as some fruit.
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