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Groove-Billed Ani

Crotophaga sulcirostris

Groove-Billed Anis can be found from Mexico south to northern and coastal northwestern South America. In south Texas they are at home in arid lowlands and live in family groups. These very social members of the cuckoo family stay together in small colonies, sharing a single nest and the duties of rearing the young.

In February 2017, while on a science expedition to the Revillagigedo Islands, 600 miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico we discovered one of these birds at Isla Socorro. It was alone and must have felt very out of place and isolated.

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