Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Many-banded Araçari (Pteroglossus pluricinctus)


French: Araçari multibande German: Doppelbindenarassari Spanish: Arasarí fajado

Pteroglossus pluricinctus


, 1835,

River Solimões, Brazil


Genetic data indicate that present species, P. aracari and P. castanotis form a monophyletic group (see P. aracari) belonging to the P. torquatus group (which see). Female hybrid between present species and P. aracari atricollis known from SE Venezuela (Carapo, R Paragua). Monotypic.


NE Colombia and NW & SE Venezuela S in lowlands to NE Peru (S to R Ucayali, but mostly N of R Marañón) and NW Brazil (N of R Solimões, E to N Roraima, R Branco#R and upper R Japurá).

Descriptive notes

43–46 cm; 215–302 g. Large, notably short-winged araçari with distinctively banded underparts. Male with head and throat black except for small chestnut... read more


Gives “seeent”, “seeet” or “see-yeet” notes, often paired in... read more


Mainly inhabits low, wet but not flooded primary forest, generally occurring in smaller numbers in... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Various fruits and some arthropod remains found in stomachs. Forages in pairs, in small groups or singly, in forest canopy. read more


Estimated season Nov–Mar in Colombia and Ecuador, and Mar–Oct in Brazil, Venezuela and, probably, Peru. No information... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Relatively poorly known: apparently uncommon to fairly common in Colombia and Ecuador, and fairly common in Peru; no other information available.... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. (2020). Many-banded Araçari (Pteroglossus pluricinctus). 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 24 February 2020).