Green Aracari

Green Aracari

Scientific Name: Pteroglossus viridis
Origin: South America
Average Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
Size: 25 g (4.4 oz.), 34 cm (13.5 in.) from bill tip to tail tip
Color:  black or bright chestnut
Sounds: screeching
Interaction: highly social


Green Aracari

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Physical Characteristics of Green Aracari

The Green Aracari is one of the smallest members of the Toucan family and is also the smallest species in the Arcari group. It generally weighs about 125 grams and measures 35 cm in length. Male Green Aracari has black head and neck, while the female has chestnut head and neck. Other than these distinct differences, both genders are almost identical.

Personality and Temperament

The Green Aracari is one of the most sought after species because of its very friendly and affectionate traits. It also displays a wide range of characters and loves to play and interact with humans. It enjoys games such as peek a boo and simple activities like back rubs. In addition, this species rarely shows aggression, which is why it is an ideal companion pet for people from all ages. However, small children must always be supervised when playing and interacting with this bird to avoid unwanted circumstances. Although very friendly and safe, small children might inflict injuries to its small and fragile body when improperly handled.

Aside from being friendly, Green Aracari is also highly regarded for its tamed behavior, which makes it more trainable compared to most species. With proper training methods, loads of patience and time, you can teach this bird some tricks and commands. Furthermore, Green Aracari is also intelligent and interactive, thus making training easier.

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Due to its high energy and need to be always on the go, these species require a very spacious cage where it can move freely and comfortably. It also loves to fly and hop around on different branches so the cage must also be built with artificial tree branches. If you plan to keep an outdoor cage, make sure that the cage is well built and sturdy to prevent predators and other animals from causing harm to your pet bird.

On the other hand, if your choice is an indoor cage, make sure to place it in an area in the house that has proper ventilation. It is also very important to choose an area where there is regular interaction between house members such a living room and kitchen. Doing this will prevent your pet from developing boredom and inactivity because it will feel that it is always a part of family conversations and interactions.


Health and Care

In the wild, Green Araucaria survives in the steady diet of fruits and vegetables. This diet must be replicated when it is kept as a pet. Aside from these food items, you can also serve high-quality bird seeds and pellets. However, avoid giving food items that are high in acids, which can lead to harmful effects to your pet’s health.

In terms of breeding, this species starts to do so from February to June. Both parents take a turn in incubating and protecting the eggs for about 16 days. A normal clutch commonly consists of 3 to 4 eggs. Newly hatched chicks are born blind, which is why they need to depend on their parents for survival completely. The parents also take a turn in searching for food and feeding their young ones.

With regards to grooming, this species can often be seen cleaning its body. However, when too much dirt or dust has accumulated on it, it is recommended to clean by using a cloth damped in lukewarm water. Although some species love to take baths, it is advised to limit this practice, especially when living in a location with extreme weather conditions. Birds are highly susceptible to flu and fever, thus regular bathing must be kept to a minimum or be avoided entirely.

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History and Background

Green Aracari is endemic in Southern American countries like Colombia, Venezuela, and Guyana. It also enjoys a large population in Surinam, where they commonly roost the entire year. Green Aracaris are also often seen in one sleeping hole that has 5 adults and their offspring.



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