Green Aracari

Green Aracari Pteroglossus viridis

Type of Animal:

Forests & savannas

Guiana Shield, NE Amazon Basin of Brazil, E Orinoco River drainage of Venezuela

Male has black head/neck, female has bright chestnut head/neck, both sexes have yellow/dark red/black beaks, bare skin around eyes turquoise in front & red behind, yellow belly, females have smaller bills

Fruits, insects, nuts, eggs, small lizards, young/small birds, vegetables, insect larvae

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos, aquariums, breeding centers, & aviculture

Flocks of 2-16 birds. Break off into pairs/families for breeding/nesting season. Sometimes helpers aid in rearing of younger siblings.

Additional Info:

Male: Cock
Female: Hen
Young: Chick
Group: Flock
Male: 5.6 oz
Female: 3.8 oz
2.5 weeks 

Life Span:
7-8 years in wild, 10-15 years in captivity

1 ft

Body Length:
1 ft

Tail Length:
0.5 ft

Main predators are raptors, snakes, crocodilians, felids, & monkeys.
Females lay 1-4 eggs per clutch. Can produce up to 4 clutches per year.
Sexually mature at a year old.
Serrated edges of bills help grip/gather food.
Like all toucans, they don’t have down feathers at any age & have parrot-like zygodactyl feet (2 toes forward & 2 back).
To sleep, they place bills on backs & raise tails to form roof over backs/bills.
Have woodpecker-like chuckling call.

Fun Fact(s):
Very popular in pet trade, being most popular toucan species kept as pets.
Bill honeycomb of bone containing lots of air.
Since they’re poor flyers, they often move around by hopping.
Able to adjust blood flow in beak.
Bristles along sides of tongue help bird catch/taste food before swallowing.

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