Curl-crested aracari

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Curl-crested aracari
Curl-crested Aracari.jpg
At Riverbanks Zoo, USA.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Ramphastidae
Genus: Pteroglossus
Species: P. beauharnaesii
Binomial name
Pteroglossus beauharnaesii
Wagler, 1832
  • Beauharnaisius beauharnaesii
  • Pteroglossus Beauharnaesii

The curl-crested aracari (US /ˌɑːrəˈsɑːri/ AHR-ə-SAHR-ee,[2] UK /ˌɑːrəˈsɑːri/ ARR-ə-SAHR-ee or /ˌɑːrəˈkɑːri/ ARR-ə-KAHR-ee),[3] or curl-crested araçari (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii), also known as the curly-crested aracari, is a species of bird in the Ramphastidae family, the Toucans.


It measures 40–45 cm (16–18 in) long and weighs 190–280 g (6.7–9.9 oz).[4] On account of its relatively long tail and curly crest (the latter only visible up close), it was formerly placed in the monotypic genus Beauharnaisius.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The curl-crested aracari is found in the south-western section of the Amazon Basin, with the Amazon River being its northern range limit. Near the Amazon River, its range extends east to about the Madeira River, while in the southern half of its range it extends east to the Xingu River. It is generally rare to uncommon, but regularly seen at several localities, including the Tambopata National Reserve in Peru, the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park in Bolivia, and the Cristalino State Park near Alta Floresta in Brazil. Its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forests.


It is primarily a frugivore, but will also take nestlings of birds such as the yellow-rumped cacique.

Status and conservation[edit]

Due to its extensive range, it is considered to be of least concern by BirdLife International and consequently the IUCN.




  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pteroglossus beauharnaesii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Aracari". Unabridged. Random House, Inc.). Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Definition for aracari". Oxford Dictionaries Online. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 

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