Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Fiery-billed Araçari (Pteroglossus frantzii)


French: Araçari de Frantzius German: Feuerschnabelarassari Spanish: Arasarí piquinaranja

Pteroglossus Frantzii


, 1861,

Aguacate, Costa Rica


Closely related to P. torquatus; although not in full contact, these two have hybridized, and by some they may be considered conspecific. Two recent molecular studies found present species to be sister to P. sanguineus and P. erythropygius, the three forming a clade to which torquatus is sister#R#R. All belong to the P. torquatus group, which includes also P. aracari, P. castanotis and P. pluricinctus. Monotypic.


From W Costa Rica (Gulf of Nicoya) S into Panama (W Chiriquí; formerly occurring E to Veraguas).

Descriptive notes

c. 45 cm; 225–280 g. Male with black head and throat, chestnut nuchal collar, blue green upperparts with red rump; yellow mixed with red below, black spot on breast,... read more


Calls “pseep” to “tis-sik” in series, high-pitched, probably indistinguishable from those of P... read more


Inhabits wet lowland forest, edges, cleared areas in forest, and secondary forest; less numerous in... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on fruits, such as those of Ce­­­cro­­­pia, Dipterodendron, Ficus, Lacistema... read more


Season Jan–Apr, perhaps later in Panama. Mostly in pairs, occasionally in trios, thus subadults make up most groups. “Duelling... read more


Considered resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South Central American Pacific Slope EBA. Occurs in Caracara Biological Reserve and Corcovado National Park, in... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. (2020). Fiery-billed Araçari (Pteroglossus frantzii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).