Green araçari toucan

Pteroglossus viridis

Pteroglossus viridis 107978046
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Ramphastidae

Our pair of green araçari toucans can be found at the top of the zoo, next to our family of pied tamarins.

Green araçari toucans have dark green feathers on their backs, wings and tails, along with brightly-coloured bills. Males have dark black neck and head feathers, while females have reddish brown head feathers. They are among the smallest species of toucan.

Green araçaris come from the lowland forests of north-eastern South America, including Brazil, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela, and their diet mostly consists of fruit.

Interesting facts!

  • Green araçaris have more of a hooked bill than other toucans. This, along with the sharp, serrated edges of their bill, helps them to grip and gather fruit.
  • They usually lay between two and four eggs, and both parents cooperate in rearing their young.
  • They choose nesting spots high up in trees, but rather than excavating their own holes to make nests, green araçaris usually take over abandoned woodpecker holes.

Conservation

While the population of green araçari toucans is classified as Least Concern, the species is vulnerable to habitat destruction due to deforestation in the Amazon. They are also popular animals in the pet trade.