Bird Info

Groove-billed Ani /garrapatero pijuy (Crotophaga sulcirostris)

Voice: A high whistled, often (slowly) repeated “PEE-huey.”

Groove-billed Ani
Status: Locally common summer resident throughout the Valley, uncommon migrant along the coast; rare in the Valley winter.

Habitat: Woodland edges and weedy fields.

Best Spots: Groove billed Anis can be found just about anywhere in the riparian corridor along the Rio Grande in summer season. Good spots include Santa Ana NWR, Bentsen SP, and Sabal Palm Grove. Sometimes seen in winter at the above locations. In migration, anis can sometimes be seen on bayshore woodlots at South Padre Island. Very common and abundant at Resaca de la Palma State Park, especially during summer. Ocassional over-wintering birds on south end of park.

Similar Species: No other blackbird has such a massive bill. Groove-billed Anis also have long tails, drooping wings, and low and direct flight. Voice distinctive.

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