Bird: Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)

Height: 14"

Description: A dark bird that, at a distance, resembles a grackle. It is distinguished from a grackle by an oversized, thick bill that grows out of the top of the head. Tail is very long, may be bobbed and wagged, and is often held beneath body. On close inspection, feathers on upper breast and back are lined with iridescent silver, and appear scaled.

Voice: A thin and rising, "kweeeelik" made upon close approach. Audio is available at


Feeding: Feeds in large groups. One or two birds are assigned as look-outs while the rest of the birds feed in a flock on the ground or among reeds and brush. Have seen birds that are hunting feed the look-outs.

Behavior at Wakodahatchee: Anis are very rare at Wakodahatchee. They are more common at Loxahatchee, where the pictures on this page were taken. The Ani is a social bird that feeds and roosts in large groups. It is also monogamous.


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