C/S Names:  

Groove-billed Ani

    Crotophaga sulcirostris
Av. Size:   13 in (33 cm), 2.5 oz (70 g)
Identifying Characteristics:   black bird with longish tail, and curved and grooved bill
Similar to/Compare with:   Smooth-billed Ani which has a bump as the base of its (grove-less) bill; also from a distance easily confused with various black birds--look carefully!
Range:   From central Texas through Central America and northern South American countries
Habitat:   exposed/partially exposed land such as savannahs and edges of forests
Other Info/Notes on Photo:  

The brown tones of the bird in the photo are due to the effect of the sun.