Green Aracari (Pteroglossus viridis)
Green Aracari, Roraima, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Roraima, Brazil
July 2001

The Green Aracari is the smallest of its genus and is found in Venezuela, the Guianas and northern Brazil. It is a geographic replacement of the Lettered Aracari (Pteroglossus inscriptus) with which it forms a superspecies.

In common with the Lettered but unlike most aracaris, it does not have a band across its belly which is uniformly yellow. The bill is yellow, dark red and black without any markings such as are found on the Lettered Aracari.The bare skin in front of the eye is turquoise and behind the eye is red.

It is the only member of its genus that is sexually dimorphic with the female having a bright chestnut head and neck.

There is an illustration in de Schauensee & Phelps, Plate 16.

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