Green Aracari

Green Aracari

Pteroglossus viridis

Suriname

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Toucans like this acari can be easily recognised by their huge beaks. They can lose a lot of heat through them, which is important for controlling their body temperature.

Where and how they live: These noisy, colourful birds hop around the tree tops of the South American rainforest. They nest in holes in trees, and several families often share a hole.

What they eat: Cercropia  and palm fruits, and occasionally eggs and small animals. Their huge beaks allow them to reach and grip fruit on branches that are too skinny to stand on.

Are they endangered? The population is believed to be declining and they are poached for sale as pets but they are not yet endangered.

Linked objects:

Channel billed toucan