Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Near Threatened

Western Red-necked Araçari (Pteroglossus sturmii)


French: Araçari de Sturm German: West-Rotnackenarassari Spanish: Arasarí cuellirrojo occidental

Pteroglossus sturmii


, 1842,

Borba, Brazil


Usually considered conspecific with P. bitorquatus, but differs on account of all-black vs white-based black lower mandible (3) and brown vs red eye (2); also narrow hybrid zone(s) with P. b. reichenowi in upper reaches of R Tapajós, e.g. in SW Pará (Cururu Valley of upper R Tapajós) and N Mato Grosso (2). Monotypic.


NC Brazil S of Amazon, between R Madeira and R Tapajós, S to Rondônia, Bolivia (E Beni, NE Santa Cruz), thence E to C Mato Grosso (R Paraguay drainage, and E almost to R Xingu).

Descriptive notes

c. 36 cm; 119–171 g. Green and yellow with red rump, red nape and upper back, broad red breast patch. Female has shorter bill, with little black on rear of throat, browner... read more


No known differences between this species and P. bitorquatus.


Inhabits lowland and hilly moist tropical forest, well-drained forest, and gallery forest where its... read more

Food and feeding

Very poorly known. Eats fruits of various species of fig, cinnamon and Cecropia; probably also takes some insects and vertebrates, such as... read more


Virtually unknown. Specimen data suggest season Feb–Aug in much of range, later, Apr–Sept, in upper R Tapajós region,... read more


Probably resident, with only local movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Global population unquantified, but often described as fairly common. Occurs in Noel Kempff Mercado National... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Western Red-necked Araçari (Pteroglossus sturmii). 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 16 February 2020).