Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris)

A fairly known species, even featured in Costa Rican tales. It is said that if you throw a rock to this bird using a slingshot, then the rubber band will immediately deteriorate, to the point it breaks apart. The bird is entirely black, and at a glance it may resemble a male Great-tailed Grackle, however that species has a blueish glow in direct sunlight, and the song has a metallic-like quality, while the Ani’s song gives the bird the local name, “Tee hoo”. The following pictures were taken in Fincas Bambuzal, Rio Frio.

Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga sulcirostris - Tijo, Garrapatero Piquiestriado (2)

The dead grass on the background was turning a golden color, giving this picture a wonderful contrast

Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga sulcirostris - Tijo, Garrapatero Piquiestriado (3)

I approached the bird with my lens on the tripod and a huge umbrella on my hand to avoid any accidents with the rain

Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga sulcirostris - Tijo, Garrapatero Piquiestriado (4)

After the rain, the birds would extend their wings and tail, presumably to dry their feathers out

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