Black necked Aracari (Pteroglossus aracari)

Black-necked Aracari

[order] Piciformes | [family] Ramphastidae | [latin] Pteroglossus aracari | [UK] Black-necked Aracari | [FR] Aracari grigri | [DE] Schwarzkehlarassari | [ES] Arasari Cuellinegro | [IT] Aracari collonero | [NL] Zwartnek-arassari


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Pteroglossus aracari SA ne, e
Pteroglossus aracari aracari ne, e and se Brazil
Pteroglossus aracari atricollis e Venezuela, the Guianas and n Brazil
Pteroglossus aracari vergens se Brazil

Physical charateristics

It has a black head with chestnut-black ear-coverts. Upperparts are dark green with a red rump. Underparts are yellow with a black throat and a red band across the lower chest. The bill is ivory on the maxilla and black on the mandible.

Listen to the sound of Black-necked Aracari

[audio: Aracari.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 43 cm size max.: 46 cm
incubation min.: 16 days incubation max.: 17 days
fledging min.: 40 days fledging max.: 42 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 4  


The Black-necked Aracari is distributed from eastern Venezuela and the Guianas to Mato Grosso and Goias in central Brazil. There is a disjunct population in eastern Brazil.


Found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.


Breeds in old woodpecker nests and performs some cavity digging. The clutch is 2-4 eggs incubated by both parents for 16-17 days. Young are fed normally and by regurgitation. They fledge after about 40 days, but will remain in the family group a while longer.

Feeding habits

Feeds in the canopy on fruits and insects in small groups. Avoids groups of larger toucans, watches them closely. In captivity known to eat mice, crickets and roaches also. Important seed disperser for several fruit bearing trees.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 3,300,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘common’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Black-necked Aracari status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Black-necked Aracari range map


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