Many-banded Aracaris have large, black-and-yellow striped bills and bare, blue skin around their eyes. Their plumage is primarily black, although they have green tail feathers and are characterized by two reddish bands that run horizontally across their chest. These distinctive plumage features make this species unlikely to be confused with any other Pteroglossus species within its range. The Many-banded Aracari is distributed from eastern Colombia to eastern Peru and into north-west Brazil and southern Venezuela. Within its range, the Many-banded Aracari can be found in subtropical or tropical, moist, lowland forest, foraging for fruit in the canopy either individually or in small groups numbering up to a dozen individuals.