Collared Aracari

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Common Name: Collared Aracari
Scientific Name: Pteroglossus torquatus torquatus

Size: 16 ¾ inches (41 cm)

Habitat: Central and Northern South America. Found in tropical forest and moist forest in lowlands to lower cloud forests; also in second growth areas, riverine areas of dry woodland, coffee and fruit plantations and swamp forests.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 500,000 - 4,999,999 mature individuals.

Diet: Fruits such as pawpaws, guavas, fruits of nutmeg and palm nuts but also takes eggs, nestlings, lizards and insects.

Nesting: Sexes alike but female has darker nape band and shorter bill. Mating season spans from January to August and nests are built in a natural cavities or old woodpecker holes 6-30m from the ground. After renovating the nest cavity, 2-5 eggs are laid. Colony nest helpers may share incubation duties as well as roost in nest. Incubation lasts 16 days. Helpers will assist in feeding and brooding. Insects, fruits and regurgitated foods are fed to the young the first month. Fledging occurs at 44 days but juveniles are led back to the nest at night for a while.

Cool Facts: Frequently seen around forest edges mainly in canopies and mid-levels. Aracaris are usually seen in pairs or small family groups (2-5) or larger flocks (12-15). They are seen busily hopping and maneuvering on branches to reach food items. They will roost together in a woodpecker hole.

Found in Songbird ReMix Toucans

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