Lettered Aracari Pteroglossus inscriptus

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Ramphastidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Justin Shick


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Lettered Aracari
eBird range map for Lettered Aracari

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Lettered Aracari resident in the lowlands of central South America. It occurs in western Amazonia from eastern Colombia south to central Bolivia and east, north of the Amazon, to the west bank of the lower Rio Negro in central Brazil and, south of the Amazon, east to Maranhão and Piauí; there also is a disjunct population in northeastern Brazil in Pernambuco and Alagoas (Haffer 1974, Hilty and Brown 1986, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Short and Horne 2001).

Lettered Aracari is restricted to the lowlands. The upper elevational limit usually is ca 500 m (Hilty and Brown 1986, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Walker et al. 2006), but locally it occurs up to 800-900 m (Hennessey et al. 2003, Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Lettered Aracari occupies lowland evergreen forests, including both seasonally flooded and upland (terra firme) forests and second growth, forested islands, tropical evergreen forest, gallery forest, and palm woods (Hilty and Brown 1986, Short and Horne 2001). Lettered Aracari is more common in flooded (varzea) forests than is the other widespread species of small aracari, Ivory-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus azara) (Hilty and Brown 1986, Short and Horne 2001).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Shick, J. (2014). Lettered Aracari (Pteroglossus inscriptus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.letara1.01