Collared Aracaris (Pteroglossus torquatus) are a medium sized toucanet weighing in at an average 180 grams with a length of about twelve inches. They are native to Central America ranging from southern Mexico to northern Colombia and are the most commonly encountered toucanet species in the region. Nearly every birder visiting Central America can expect to add them to their life bird list.
Collared Aracaris are encountered in small flocks in the rainforest, as well as in orchards and fields, along side the road perched on telephone wires and in parks in small towns and villages. Collareds are very active and gregarious as they move through the trees in search of fruits and berries and their movements quickly attract the attention of hikers and passersby.
The Collared Aracari is the most common toucanet in American aviculture today, thanks to its importation in good numbers since 1995 and its willingness to readily breed in captivity. Because of their numbers, they are the least expensive Aracari available today. Among the smaller toucans, Collared Aracaris make one of the best pets. They are very friendly, love to be handled, will cuddle quietly in your lap, and will ride around on your shoulder. They are easily potty trained and will learn to perform a variety of neat tricks. Their small size and reasonable price makes them suitable for nearly any home environment or financial circumstances.
First captive breeding June 15, 1989 by Jerry Jennings.
CITES status: not listed