SMOOTH-BILLED ANIS ON ABACO

Smooth-billed Anis, Bahamas (Paul Harding)

The Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani) – aka Cemetery Bird – is the third member of the cuckoo family found on Abaco, the others being the MANGROVE CUCKOO and the YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. You can (it’s voluntary) find out more about them in an earlier article HERE. 

I have returned to these engagingly gregarious birds and their raucous ways because Paul Harding has recently captured a sequence of  a small group of anis behaving so endearingly that they are irresistible. Not for them the oddly incompetent fluttering flight, nor the disorganised, unbalanced landing technique. It’s simply a matter of getting settled on a branch, and then making room for one more in the middle (or perhaps resisting it…).

There were 4 on the branch…Smooth-billed Anis, Bahamas (Paul Harding)

Hey – make room for another one…Smooth-billed Anis, Bahamas (Paul Harding)

Budge up, guys, I mean C’mon…Smooth-billed Anis, Bahamas (Paul Harding)

Yay, I’m in… a bit squished but…Smooth-billed Anis, Bahamas (Paul Harding)

Um… guys, I can’t breathe…Smooth-billed Anis, Bahamas (Paul Harding)

 That’s better… all settled now….Smooth-billed Anis, Bahamas (Paul Harding)

Let the racket begin!

Credits: all terrific pics, Paul Harding; sound files, Xeno Canto

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SMOOTH-BILLED ANIS ON ABACO, BAHAMAS

Smooth-billed Ani, TCGC Hole 11 - Becky Marvil

Smooth-biled Ani, Abaco - Bruce Hallett

Credits: Becky Marvil, Nina Henry, Tony Hepburn, Gerlinde Taurer, Roselyn Pierce, Tom Shelley, Bruce Hallett; Xeno Canto for range map & sound file

THE DELPHI CLUB GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF ABACO

THE DELPHI CLUB GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF ABACO

by

KEITH SALVESEN

Published 1 March 2014 by Delphi Club Publications

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

Apologies to anyone who has strayed onto this new-born site. The hard hats are on and work is under way. Why not take a peek at the nine birds below while you are here!

JACKET GRAB JPGflyer 2

THE CONTRIBUTORS (click to enlarge)Spreads for Becky 1piping-plover-bh-img_1919cuban-emerald-delphi-abaco-3clapper-rail-abaco-bahamas-tom-sheleyCuban Pewee KS P1090034 copy 3least-tern_ach3672-copyamerican-oystercatchers-bh-img_2000-copy-2smooth-billed-ani-pair-gtGreat Egret grab Tom Sheley