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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.