Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Lettered Araçari (Pteroglossus inscriptus)


French: Araçari marqué German: Schriftarassari Spanish: Arasarí marcado

Pteroglossus inscriptus


, 1822,

Guyana; error = Pará, Brazil


Usually considered conspecific with P. humboldti. Monotypic.


NC Brazil S of Amazon (from R Madeira E to Maranhão, NW Piauí), S to N Bolivia, SW Mato Grosso (in upper R Paraguay drainage) and upper R Tocantins; also E Brazil in Pernambuco and E Alagoas.

Descriptive notes

33–40 cm; 95–140 g. Green and yellow, with red rump, unusual bill marks. Male with black head; bill with yellow basal line, oval yellow patch with black script-... read more


Less vocal than other, larger araçaris. Common call a fast series of “kik” or... read more


Primary lowland forest, including seasonally flooded várzea, forested islands,... read more

Food and feeding

Dietary habits of present species not as well known as those of formerly conspecific P. inscriptus. Presumably mainly fruits and... read more


Data from specimens indicate season as Aug–Mar. Displays, nest, eggs and other aspects all undescribed in detail. Known to enter tree... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. This species’ diverse use of habitats suggests adaptability. Possibly some threats locally, as in case of isolated NE Brazilian population of... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Lettered Araçari (Pteroglossus inscriptus). 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 25 February 2020).