- Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari At Macaw Mountain Bird Park, Honduras Conservation status Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Piciformes Family: Ramphastidae Genus: Pteroglossus Species: P. torquatus Binomial name Pteroglossus torquatus
The Collared Aracari, Pteroglossus torquatus, is a toucan, a near-passerine bird which breeds from southern Mexico to Panama; also Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.
Like other toucans, the Collared Aracari is brightly marked and has a large bill. The adult is typically 39-41 cm (15-16 in) long and weighs 190-275 grams (6.7-9.7 oz.)
The sexes are alike in appearance, with a black head and chest and dark olive green upperparts, apart from a red rump and upper tail. There is reddish collar on the rear neck which gives rise to the English and scientific (torquatus) names The underparts are bright yellow, with a round black spot in the centre of the breast and a red-tinted black band across the belly. The thighs are chestnut.
The bare facial skin is black, becoming ruddy behind the yellow eye. The upper mandible of the bill is dull yellow, marked with a black saw-tooth pattern on the cutting edge, and a black tip. The lower mandible is black, and the legs are green.
Juvenile Collared Aracaris are much duller, with sooty-black head and brownish green upperparts. The red rump and yellow underparts are paler, and the breast spot, belly band and bill pattern are indistinct.
The call of the Collared Aracari is a loud, sharp pseek, or peeseek.
Small flocks, usually consisting of 6-15 birds, move through the forest with a rapid direct flight. This species is primarily an arboreal fruit-eater, but will also take insects, lizards, bird eggs, and other small prey.
The Collared Aracari is a common resident breeder in lowland forests and slightly more open woodland. The 3 white eggs are laid in an unlined natural cavity or old woodpecker nest high in a tree.
Both sexes incubate the eggs for about 16 days, and the toucan chicks remain in the nest after hatching. They are blind and naked at birth, and have short bills and specialised pads on their heels to protect them from the rough floor of the nest. They are fed by both parents, assisted by up to three other adults, probably from a previous brood, and fledge after about 6 weeks, with feeding by the adults continuing for several weeks after leaving the nest.
The aracaris are unusual for toucans in that they roost socially throughout the year, up to six adults and fledged young sleeping in the same hole with tails folded over their backs.
- BirdLife International (2004). Pteroglossus torquatus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
- A guide to the birds of Costa Rica by Stiles and Skutch ISBN 0-8014-9600-4
- El Jardín Diostede information on raising and petkeeping of Collared Aracaris
- Collared Aracari videos, photos & sounds on the Internet Bird Collection
- Stamps (for Belize, El Salvador) with RangeMap
- Collared Aracari photo gallery VIREO
Toucans, toucanets, and araçaris (family: Ramphastidae) Genus Aulacorhynchus
(mountain toucans)Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan • Hooded Mountain Toucan • Plate-billed Mountain Toucan • Black-billed Mountain Toucan
(araçaris or aracaris)Saffron Toucanet • Green Aracari • Lettered Aracari • Collared Aracari • Black-necked Aracari • Chestnut-eared Aracari • Many-banded Aracari • Ivory-billed Aracari • Curl-crested Aracari • Red-necked Aracari • Brown-mandibled Aracari • Fiery-billed Aracari • Stripe-billed Aracari • Pale-mandibled Aracari
- IUCN Red List least concern species
- Birds of Central America
- Birds of Mexico
- Native birds of Southern Mexico
- Birds of the Yucatán Peninsula region
- Birds of Belize
- Birds of El Salvador
- Birds of Panama
- Birds of Venezuela
- Birds of Colombia
- Birds of Ecuador
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