Crotophaga major J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Cayenne. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Ani des palиtuviers; German: Riesenani, Spanish: Garrapatero Mayor.
18.1 in (46 cm); male 5.7 oz (162 g), female 5.1 oz (145 g). Glossy blue-black, long tails, bill arched and laterally compressed.
Central and South America.
Tropical evergreen forest, pastures, marshes, mangroves.
Resident with local movements. Group-living, defend territories.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Mainly insects, also lizards, seeds, fruits, and berries.
Cooperative breeders, nesting in loose colonies. Socially monogamous. Nests are a bulky platform of sticks. Lay 2–5 eggs.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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