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. I approached the bird with my lens on the tripod and a huge umbrella on my hand to avoid any accidents with the rain. After the rain, the birds would extend their wings and tail, presumably to dry their feathers out.