ani

ani

[ah-nee, ah-nee]
noun, plural anis.
any of several black, tropical American cuckoos of the genus Crotophaga, having a compressed, bladelike bill.

Origin:
1820–30; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi or Guarani

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ani (ˈɑːnɪ)
 
n , pl anis
any of several gregarious tropical American birds of the genus Crotophaga: family Cuculidae (cuckoos). They have a black plumage, long square-tipped tail, and heavily hooked bill
 
[Spanish aní, from Tupi]

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ani
black bird of the cuckoo family, 1829, from Sp. or Port. ani, from Tupi.
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ani

any of three species of big-billed, glossy black birds of the genus Crotophaga of the cuckoo family (Cuculidae), of tropical America. These insect eaters forage on the ground in close and noisy flocks, often in fields with cattle. The bill is high-arched, bladelike, and hook-tipped; the tail is long and broad; the wings are short; and the plumage is floppy, so that the bird looks disheveled. Anis fly poorly and utter whining cries. They build a communal tree nest of twigs, in which several females may lay a total of 25 chalky-blue eggs (usually 10 to 15) and share duties of incubation and chick raising.

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