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Tambo Blanquillo - Stay in a family owned Manu Lodge and discover The Wonders of the Peruvian Jungle
Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Cuculidae

A family of cuckoos, including the Greater Ani, a noisy and sociable species common to Manú that is easily spotted and photographed in trees near water.

 


Greater Ani

Crotophaga major

Greater Ani

Greater Ani

Appearance:

  • Large and long-tailed, with broad, rounded wings.
  • Adult is mainly blue-glossed black, with massive ridged black bill.
  • Back feathers are broadly edged with bronze-green.
  • It is about 48cm long and weighs 170g.

Behaviour:

  • Usually found in forests adjacent to water.
  • Very gregarious species, it is always found in noisy groups.
  • A number of females lay their chalky deep blue eggs in the nest and then share incubation and feeding.
  • Nests have been found containing three to 10 eggs.

Voice:

  • Calls include croaking and a turkey-like gobbling: ”Kro-koro”.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Easily seen along the edges of rivers and lakes, where it nests in aquatic vegetation or in tree branches overhanging the water.
  • The nest is a deep cup lined with leaves, and is usually two to five metres high in a tree.
  • It sunbathes, raising nape and back feathers, and it spreads its wings after rain, possibly to dry.
  • Active all day.

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