Collared Aracaris (Pteroglossus torquatus) are a medium
sized toucanet weighing in at an average 180 grams with a length
of about twelve inches. They are native to Central America ranging
from southern Mexico to northern Colombia and are the most commonly
encountered toucanet species in the region. Nearly every birder
visiting Central America can expect to add them to their life
Collared Aracaris are encountered in small flocks in the rainforest,
as well as in orchards and fields, along side the road perched
on telephone wires and in parks in small towns and villages. Collareds
are very active and gregarious as they move through the trees
in search of fruits and berries and their movements quickly attract
the attention of hikers and passersby.
The Collared Aracari is the most common toucanet in American
aviculture today, thanks to its importation in good numbers since
1995 and its willingness to readily breed in captivity. Because
of their numbers, they are the least expensive Aracari available
today. Among the smaller toucans, Collared Aracaris make one of
the best pets. They are very friendly, love to be handled, will
cuddle quietly in your lap, and will ride around on your shoulder.
They are easily potty trained and will learn to perform a variety
of neat tricks. Their small size and reasonable price makes them
suitable for nearly any home environment or financial circumstances.
First captive breeding June 15, 1989 by Jerry Jennings. CITES
status: not listed