Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris), Whitewater Draw, Cochise County
This Groove-billed Ani was
discovered by Gordon Lewis and photographed by Andrew Core on 05 November 2010.
A rare vagrant to Arizona, mainly in the fall.
The last accepted record was in 2006 but this is the third one reported this
The bill makes this bird unmistakably an ani. This
is probably a first year bird and the photos demonstrate how hard the grooves
can be to see. Although Smooth-billed Ani is probably impossible in
Arizona, separating Smooth-billed from Groove-billed is very tricky, especially
because small billed, Smooth-billed Anis can have faint grooves on the bill.
The combination of a straight lower mandible without a pronounced gonydal angle
and the extensive bare skin around the eye are probably the best marks for
05 November 2010, photos by Andrew CoreAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 05 November 2010