Green aracari

Latin Name
Pteroglossus viridis

Class
Birds

Order
Piciformes

Description

The smallest of the toucans, the green aracari still possesses a large, vibrantly colored beak, which can reach up to four inches in length. The species is named for the green feathers covering its back, but males and females can be distinguished by different colors on the head and neck. Males have black feathers on the top, while female's crowns are reddish-brown.


 

Range

Northern South America


Status

Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Green Aracari Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

Tropical rain forest


Niche

Green aracaris are frugivores, meaning their diet is primarily composed of fruit. In the wild, they consume a wide variety of fruits as they ripen in the tree canopy. Insects are also an occasional part of the diet, giving them protein.


Life History

The green aracari nests in tree hollows and cavities, digging to expand the chambers for more room. Both parents cooperate in rearing their young.


Special Adaptations

The serrated edges of the green aracari's large bill help the bird to grip and gather fruit.



Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit