glossy-black body; long tail; no sexual dimorphism (Panama; 2008-06-01)

Smooth-billed Ani
Crotophaga ani

Native Range: North America and Latin America

Notes: a close relative of the Groove-billed Ani but laking the latter's grooves on the bill and instead showing a noticeable knob-like protrusion on its culmen (the midline of the upper mandible); almost always found in small groups, perching on low bushes or flying between small trees.

note the protuberance on upper mandible (Panama; 2008-06-01)

large smooth bill lacks grooves (Panama; 2008-06-01)

silhouette; long rounded tail; distinctive bill shape (Panama; 2008-06-01)

posing for a portrait (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

happy couple (Brazil; 2007-11-09)

long tail (Dominican Republic; 2006-12-13)

with its tail fanned out (Dominican Republic; 2006-12-13)

head portrait(Dominican Republic; 2006-12-13)

facing right (Dominican Republic; 2006-12-13)

facing left (Dominican Republic; 2006-12-13)