Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Smooth-billed Ani, Marchantaria Island, Amazonas, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image The most noticeable feature of the Smooth-billed Ani is the raised hump on its bill. I am not sure what purpose this serves though it has been suggested that it is used to part vegetation while the bird is looking for food.

It is a very common bird throughout Brazil and much of the rest of South and Central America. See the distribution map at NatureServe. It is usually seen in flocks at the side of roads.

Although it is a member of the cuckoo family it is not a brood parasite.

Smooth-billed Ani, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image

Smooth-billed Ani, Santo Tomás, Zapata Swamp, Cuba, February 2005 - click for larger image
Smooth-billed Ani, La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
Smooth-billed Ani, La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
Smooth-billed Ani, La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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