The distribution of the Arasari toucan is limited to the west of Ecuador, so it is considered an endemic bird of this country.
The toucan's beak measures up to 12.5cm and the edge is saw-shaped. Its tongue is long and flattened, with a feathery tip, and it also uses it to make mechanical sounds by bumping into the walls of its beak.
It lives in pairs or small groups and takes advantage of tree holes to sleep and nest. The clutch consists of 2 to 4 eggs and the incubation period is 43 to 46 days.
The main threats to the Arasari are fragmentation and loss of habitat.