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Groove-billed Ani

The Groove-billed Ani's large, laterally flattened bill spits out its sharp, high whistles, slurred whinings, and various squeaks, pips, squeals, and growls. These retiring birds gather in loose groups, nesting communally. As many as four pairs of birds may use one nest, a bulky cup of twigs lined with fresh leaves. Up to 20 chalky white eggs have been found in one nest!  Learn more about this vocal bird at Cornell's All Birds. Learn more about the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds.

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Groove-billed Ani

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If you’ve ever spent time in the extreme southern United States, you may have heard this jumble of sounds coming from open brushy habitat. What you’re hearing is a Groove-billed Ani.
[Groove-billed Ani vocalizations]
Anis are all-black, disheveled-looking birds with drooping wings, spread tails, and shaggy black plumage. Their long tails seem disjointed from their bodies, as if raised and lowered by a puppeteer’s strings. The ani’s large, laterally flattened bill spits out those sharp, high whistles, slurred whinings, and various squeaks, pips, squeals, and growls.
[Groove-billed Ani vocalizations]
These retiring birds gather in loose groups. And with good reason. They nest communally. As many as four pairs of birds may use one nest, a bulky cup of twigs lined with fresh leaves.
When the dominant female ani begins to lay her own eggs, the other females lay simultaneously. Up to 20 chalky white eggs have been found in one nest. All parents share the duties of incubating and raising the young. Perhaps prompting much Groove-billed Ani communication.
[Groove-billed Ani vocalizations]
Sounds of the birds featured on BirdNote come from The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I’m Frank Corrado.
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Written by Frances Wood
Call of the Groove-billed Ani provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by G.A. Keller
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2007 Tune In to Nature.org       Revised for Aug 2009

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