Green Aracari (Pteroglossus viridis)

Green Aracari

[order] Piciformes | [family] Ramphastidae | [latin] Pteroglossus viridis | [UK] Green Aracari | [FR] Aracari vert | [DE] Grunarassari | [ES] Arasari Verde | [IT] Aracari verde | [NL] Groene Arassari


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Head and neck are black in the male and chestnut in the female. Wings and tail are green, base of tail with a red band. Chest and belly yellow. Bluish tinge around the eyes. The upper mandible is orange and yellow, the lower mandible black. In the center of the bill white spots.
The species uses its nest as a dormitory outside the breeding season. Several will sleep on a nest while having their bill turned above their back and he tail upright, in this position it will occupy less space and a roof is formed above the body.

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[audio: Aracari.mp3]

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 30 cm size max.: 39 cm
incubation min.: 16 days incubation max.: 18 days
fledging min.: 43 days fledging max.: 45 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 4  


Distribution includes Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela and in northeast Brazil.


Found in canopy of tropical forests, sandy slopes and savannas.


The nest is made in a tree trunk by the male and the female, which lays 2 to 4 eggs. Very often the couple uses an old woodpecker cavities. Incubation lasts approximately 16 days, mostly by female, the male replacing heer when she leaves for foraging. Possibly 4 broods per year in captivity. Theyoung fledge after about 5 weeks. However, the parents continue to nourish roughly six to eight weeks more. The chicks continue to attend the family circle for six additional months.

Feeding habits

Feeds mainly on a wide variety of fruit and seeds, but will also eat eggs of other bird species. also nectar and insects are eaten.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 1,600,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ 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.
Green Aracari status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Green Aracari range map


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