Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Green Araçari (Pteroglossus viridis)


French: Araçari vert German: Grünarassari Spanish: Arasarí verde

Ramphastos viridis


, 1766,



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.


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 26 February 2020).