We came across this Greater Ani on the very last day of our birding tour in Panama. Like all of the Ani species we saw (Smooth and Grooved-billed) at first they appear black but when you look closely their feathers are a combination of dark blue, purple, and black. It wasn’t until I got home and processed the photographs that I noticed that this one was banded. I’m going to find out if I can track down when and where it was banded.
I saw my first Ani this year in Mexico. Something about them just seems so prehistoric. Great photo of this one.
The ” Jimmy Durante” of birds!