Chestnut-eared Aracari

Theme area:  Los Trópicos
Scientific name:  Pteroglossus castanotis
Class:  Birds
Continent:  South America
Habitat:  Tropical forest
Diet:  Omnivore
Weight:  240 - 310 gr
Size:  40 - 43 cm
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The Aracari toucan is only found in western Ecuador, and is therefore considered endemic to this country.

This toucan's beak can reach a length of up to 12.5 cm and has a saw-shaped edge. Its tongue is long and flattened, with a feather-like tip, which it uses to make machine-like sounds by striking it on the inside walls of its beak.

They live in pairs or small groups and take advantage of tree hollows for sleeping and nesting. The clutch consists of 2 to 4 eggs and the incubation period is 43 to 46 days.  

The main threats to the Arasari come from the fragmentation and loss of its habitat.

Conservation Status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


They feed mainly on fruit, but sometimes also on lizards, other birds’ eggs and even hatchlings.
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