American birds related to the cuckoo
Common clue: Blackbird;
Witch bird; Tropical cuckoo; Black cuckoo; Cuckoo bird
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Anis are the three species of near-passerine birds in the genus
of the cuckoo family.
They are essentially tropical New World birds, although the range
of two species just reaches the US.
some cuckoos, the anis are not brood parasites, but nest
communally, the cup nest being built by several pairs between 2-6
m high in a tree. A number of females lay their eggs in the nest
and then share incubation and feeding.
anis are large black birds with a long tail and a deep ridged
black bill. Their flight is weak and wobbly, but they run well,
and usually feed on the ground.
are very gregarious species, always found in noisy groups. Anis
feed on termites, large insects and even lizards and frogs. They
will remove ticks and other parasites from grazing animals.
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