Collared aracari

An attractive small toucan found in Mexico, Central, and South America

Andy Morffew

This medium-sized toucan species can be found inhabiting the lush evergreen woodlands spanning from southern Mexico through Central America and into northwestern South America.

As a primarily frugivorous species, the collared aracari boasts a diverse and varied diet consisting mainly of fruits. These fruits can range from small and succulent to larger and more fibrous, providing the aracari with essential nutrients and energy to thrive in their habitat. However, in addition to fruits, these toucans are known to supplement their diet with other food sources, including large insects and the eggs of other birds. This dietary flexibility allows them to adapt to changes in food availability throughout the year.

When it comes to nesting, the collared aracari exhibits fascinating behavior. While they typically rely on cavities carved by woodpeckers for nesting sites, they may also utilize natural cavities formed by decay in wood. This resourcefulness enables them to find suitable nesting locations in their forested habitats. Once a suitable nesting site is found, the collared aracari will lay a clutch of eggs, usually consisting of two to five eggs. Interestingly, it is not uncommon for a single adult to take on the responsibility of incubating the eggs, although both parents and sometimes additional helpers may contribute to caring for the nestlings once they hatch. This cooperative breeding behavior is a notable aspect of the collared aracari’s reproductive strategy and may enhance the survival rate of the young.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Belize
2016
Colombia
2016
Costa Rica
2016
El Salvador
2016
Guatemala
2016
Honduras
2016
Mexico
2016
Nicaragua
2016
Panama
2016
Venezuela
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No