Anis are related to cuckoos, but they are not brood
parasites. There are 3 species, the one shown being the
Groove-billed Ani native to grasslands and savanna from
southern Texas to northern South America.
Photos on this page were taken by Alexandra Makhnina in
Male and female have similar plumage and both have the large,
grooved beak and long tail. They live in small groups with
several pairs defending the same territory, laying eggs in a
communal nest and all taking care of the young.