Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Green Araçari (Pteroglossus viridis)


Taxonomy

French: Araçari vert German: Grünarassari Spanish: Arasarí verde
Taxonomy:

Ramphastos viridis

Linnaeus

, 1766,

Cayenne

.

Most closely related to P. inscriptus. P. humboldti has been treated by some authors as race of present species, but appears much closer to P. inscriptus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Venezuela (Delta Amacuro S to E Amazonas) E through the Guianas, and S to N Brazil (S to Amazon, W to NE Amazonas and R Negro#R).

Descriptive notes

30–39 cm; 110–162 g. Distinctive, small toucan, green above and yellow below, with red rump. Male with black head; bill yellow above, black below, with orange to... read more

Voice

Rattling “brididididit”, 1–6 per second, some more rattling as “dddddt... read more

Habitat

Lowland forest including sand-ridge forest, riverine forest in savanna country, tall second-growth... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits, such as figs, and fruits of Cecropia, palm (Oenocarpus) and others, dispersing their seeds widely;... read more

Breeding

Generally Feb–Jun; Oct–Apr near Amazon mouth. Breeds in pairs. Male courtship-feeds female, calls with tail cocked, often... read more

Movements

Presumed to be sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Species’ small size and its ability to use secondary forest should be positive factors in its conservation. Occurs in Imataca Forest... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. (2019). Green Araçari (Pteroglossus viridis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56087 on 19 February 2019).