Fiery-billed Aracari

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Common Name: Fiery-billed Aracari
Scientific Name: Pteroglossus frantzii

Size: 17 inches (43 cm)

Habitat: Central America. Found in lowland forests and clearings.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: unknown.

Diet: Primarily fruits but also insects and small vertebrates such as frogs and lizards.

Nesting: Sexes are alike although males are generally larger. The two white eggs are laid in an old woodpecker nest, 6-30 m high in a tree. Both sexes incubate the eggs for about 16 days, and the toucan chicks remain in the nest after hatching. They are blind and naked at birth, and have short bills and specialized pads on their heels to protect them from the rough floor of the nest. They are fed by both parents, assisted by up to three other adults, probably from a previous brood, and fledge after about 6 weeks, with feeding by the adults continuing for several weeks after leaving the nest.

Cool Facts: This species is similar to the closely-related Collared Aracari. It differs from Collared in the orange upper mandible, red belly band, and larger dark breast spot.

The call of the Fiery-billed Aracari is a loud, sharp “pseek” or “keeseek”; similar to that of Collared, but more often two-noted.

Aracaris are unusual for toucans in that they roost socially throughout the year, up to five adults and fledged young of this species sleeping in the same hole with their tails folded over their backs.

Found in Songbird ReMix Toucans

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