Ariel Toucan (Ramphastos ariel) is another
of the smaller black toucans weighing approximately 350-400 grams.
It has an overall length of approximately fifteen inches with
a beak length of 4-6 inches. It is a colorful bird with its bright
orange breast, red abdominal feathers, red eyeskin, and brilliant
The Ariel Toucan is found only in Brasil south of
the Amazon River, where it is a commonly encountered species.
It is the species most frequently seen in Brasilian Zoos, as well.
In captivity, the Ariel is almost non-existant, with probably
no more Than a dozen birds spread over four collections. This
species was first reared in captivity in May 25,1978 by Jerry
Jennings CITES status: Not listed