Saturday, November 2, 2013
Creature Feature #18: Ani
This strange looking bird is a member of the cuckoo family. Although, unlike other cuckoos, she is social and shares her territory with up to five other breeding pairs. Her eggs are laid into a communual nest, and all the birds take turns incubating and feeding the chicks. Gregarious and noisy, her and her fellow flock mates like to hang out in pastures, where they eat the insects disturbed by the livestock. She also enjoys a diet of termites, frogs, large insects and lizards. Her native home is the grasslands and open terrain of South America, but her kin have been gradually making the move north, into the United States.
The "Creature Feature" will be erratically on hiatus over the month of November, as I am penning a novel for NaNoWriMo - this does not mean we shall be entirely without art, but it may not be daily. We shall resume again fully in December, at which point I shall hopefully be up to "B".