Black-necked Aracari Pteroglossus aracari

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Among its congeners, this principally Amazonian species shares with the Lettered Aracari (Pteroglossus inscriptus) the distinction of also occurring, albeit locally, in the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil. However, while the latter species is strictly confined in this region to the far northeast, the Black-necked Aracari is found virtually throughout the biome, from Pernambuco south, somewhat discontinuously, to Santa Catarina. The Black-necked Aracari is readily identified across its reasonably wide range, which also encompasses a relatively large area of northern and eastern Amazonia, by its principally pale bill, black neck and blue-gray to black orbital skin, and single red breast band on otherwise yellow underparts. The very dark chestnut ear coverts, which are normally difficult to see without close views, hint at a close relationship between this species and the generally more southerly distributed Chestnut-eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis), and these two are usually considered to form a superspecies.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-necked Aracari (Pteroglossus aracari), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: