Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-billed Araçari (Pteroglossus sanguineus)


French: Araçari à bec maculé German: Chocóarassari Spanish: Arasarí sanguíneo

Ramphastos sanguineus


, 1854,

no locality = San José, western Colombia


Usually considered conspecific with P. torquatus and P. erythropygius, but differs from former in its long black line above cutting edge of upper mandible, with yellow tip of upper and (usually) lower mandible (3); 8–9 rather shallow (vs 5–7 relatively pronounced) tomial teeth (2); lack of narrow chestnut nuchal collar (2); narrow hybrid zone with both P. t. torquatus in E Panama and NW Colombia and P. t. nuchalis in N Colombia (2). For differences from P. erythropygius see that species. Monotypic.


E Panama and N & NW Colombia S to NW Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

43–48 cm; 190–275 g. Compared to the largely allopatric and previously conspecific P. torquatus (see Taxonomy comments), the present species lacks chestnut nuchal... read more


No known differences between this species and P. torquatus (which see).


Inhabits mainly canopy and midstorey of wet or moist primary forest in lowlands, in some places... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences from P. torquatus.


Breeding biology very poorly known, although presumably differs little from P. torquatus and P. erythropygius.


Largely sedentary so far as known, with only local movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Considered to be common in Colombia. Could become threatened locally, and perhaps generally, with continued clearing of forest and fragmenting of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Stripe-billed Araçari (Pteroglossus sanguineus). 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 20 February 2020).