Greater Ani (Crotophaga major)
Greater Ani, Javarí River, Peru, September 2003 - click for larger image The Greater Ani is distributed from Panama to northern Argentina.

It is found in forested river edges, shrubby borders of lakes and marshes and in flooded woodland. It is usually in loose groups and they remain fairly well hidden until disturbed when they fly out one by one and disappear into vegetation further away.

Greater Ani, Javarí River, Peru, September 2003 - click for larger image They are large and glossy blue black with some green on the back. The bill has a distinctive "broken nose" look to it and they eyes are yellowish white. However, the juvenile bird in photos 3 and 4 still has a dark iris and the bill has still to develop its distinctive shape.
Juvenile Greater Ani, Linhares, Espirito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image They feed on small frogs and invertebrates.

Although a member of the cuckoo family they are not brood parasites.

Juvenile Greater Ani, Linhares, Espirito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image
Greater Ani, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
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