Green Aracari (Pteroglossus viridis) is the smallest of the toucans weighing in at only 125 grams. Its overall length is only ten inches and its beak is only two and a half inches long. The Green Aracari is found in northern South America in the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Surinam, where it is quite common.
The Green Aracari is the most successful breeder of all the toucan species in captivity. It is the subject of a studbook in the zoo community(Association of Zoos and Aquariums, aka AZA) and is commonly seen on display. It has also been the most successful in private apiculture and is readily available.
The Green Aracari is a very friendly, affectionate species that qualifies it as an excellent pet. It is recommended as the place to start with toucans, for it will not only delight the breeder with its willingness to breed, but enchant the pet owner, as well.
The Green Aracari is one of the few species of toucans that are dimorphic. The female has a chestnut brown head and neck, whereas the male has a black head and neck. They are otherwise identical.
First captive breeding May 30, 1980; Jerry Jennings.
CITES status: Appendix II.