French: Ani à bec lisse German: Glattschnabelani Spanish: Garrapatero aní
SE USA (C & S Florida), Bahamas, Caribbean islands, Trinidad, Tobago; locally in Mexico (Cozumel I and adjacent mainland Quintana Roo), Costa Rica and Panama, and S on W coast to Ecuador and, E of Andes, from Venezuela and the Guianas through E South American lowlands to N Uruguay and Chaco to N Argentina.
33–35 cm; male 88–222 g, female 76–112 g. Adult glossy black; skin around eye black, iris brown to black; bill high-arched and laterally compressed into thin keel... read more
Whining whistle, “oueee”, rising in pitch and often given in flight; querulous “... read more
Second-growth scrub, river-island scrub, humid areas, clearings in humid forests and cloud forests... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly grasshoppers, also mantids, fireflies, beetles including weevil root-borers (insect pests of sugarcane and citrus orchards... read more
Breeds May–Oct in Florida, all year in Puerto Rico and Surinam, during rains in Cuba and Central America (after herbs grown and... read more
Resident or locally nomadic. Post-breeding dispersive movements out of breeding range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common. First established and bred in Florida in 1938, spread N along Florida coasts in 1960s, and now a well established... read more
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