Aracari (Green)

Pteroglossus viridis

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

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Least Concern


Where they live

Northeast South America


Tropical forests


30-40 cm




20-25 years


Habitat loss

Did you know...

  • They have a bill with a serrated edge that helps to grip and gather fruit
  • One of the smallest members of the toucan family

More about aracaris...

Green aracaris are found in tropical forests in northeast South America, specifically Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela. They spend the majority of their time living in small groups of up to five adults in the tree canopy where they forage together for food. They are omnivores that eat fruit, insects, nuts, eggs and even small animals. They will vocalise to warn others of danger and during mating rituals.

Rather than excavating its own hole to build a nest, the green aracari will take over an abandoned woodpecker hole. Breeding season begins in February and continues until about June. They lay on average 2-4 eggs. These eggs are incubated for around 16 days, and both the male and female share the incubation and chick rearing duties.



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