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Black-necked Aracari - BirdForum Opus

Photo by juninho
Shanklands Rainforest Resort, Guyana, August 2007
Pteroglossus aracari


  • Black head
  • Chestnut-black ear-coverts
  • Dark green upperparts
  • Red rump
  • Yellow underparts
  • Black throat
  • Red band across the lower chest
  • Ivory maxilla and black mandible.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil.



There are 3 subspecies:

  • P. a. atricollis:
  • P. a. aracari:
  • Disjunct populations in north-central, east and south-eastern Brazil
  • P. a. wiedii:
  • Eastern Brazil (Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná and Santa Catarina)

A fourth subspecies formosus is generally considered to be invalid.[2]


Savanna, wetlands and rainforests.



They do not tolerate disturbance at the nest site, so will generally have several nesting holes in the area. The clutch consists of two to four eggs which are incubated for 16-17 days.


The diet includes fruit and some insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. BF Member observations

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