The collared aracari is a member of the toucan family, as with all aracari, the gold aracari is a relatively small member of the toucan family averaging 41 cm in length from beak to tail tip.

These natives of rainforest areas of South America are mostly black with a green tinge to the fairness Mecklermedia throat is blackish white, upper tail and rump are bright red plumage under the tail and along the valley are mostly yellow, abdomen is black and red stripes. The upper area of the beak is whitish grey or on occasion simply whitish. The lower beak however is black. The beach itself is lightweight. The skin around the beak and eyes is bright red whilst Baha’is themselves are yellow. Males and females are similar in appearance however the female tends to have a smaller beak.

Keeping Aracaris
as with all toucans they do much better in an aviary in a cage. They need lots of area to fly around in and things to entertain them. They are most comical and social words and will often engaging games such as throwing items and mock fighting.

2 x 3 x 2 m Aviary would be sufficient for a pair however having a longer flight area would be better.

As rainforest birds it is important that they have access to ample water to bathe in and shower so where is warm recommend turning a sprinkler on part of the every at least once a day. They require access to the sun for vitamin D absorption and shade where they can escape the heat of the day.

They come from predominantly warm areas so your aviary should have an area that can be heated especially at night to keep your aracari warm

Breeding Collared Aracaris
As with all toucans collared Aracaris mate a life with breeding taking place once a year, typically three eggs being laid at a time. They are more likely to breed if they are healthy and happy so attention to their environment addition of suitable nesting boxes or logs and attention to their diet is important. Though I don’t recommend having more than two Aracaris in a single Aviary, especially in breeding is the goal, in the wild aunty’s and uncles often play a role in the raising and protection of the chicks.

It is likely possible to safely breed a pair of Aracaris in captivity with other collared Aracaris in the same aviary if you ensure that the other birds are limited to being the older offspring of the breeding pair

In the wild, Aracaris nest quite a distance off the ground at least 6 m so you’ll be more successful with breeding if your aviary has a high roof and nesting boxes placed near the very top

 Average lifespan when domesticated
Expect your collared Aracaris to live for around 20 years

Feeding your collared Aracari
The collared Aracari is omnivorous eating a variety of insects and other birds’ eggs fruits and even the fledgeling birds of other species. In captivity, they will do well on a mix of dry dog food and fresh fruit. It is most important to keep the levels high and low in their diet as too much iron is deadly causing damage to their livers. A weak tea can be given once a month to help expel excess iron, the tannin in tea binding with the iron to allow them to expel it is waste.

Breeding collared Aracaris can be a most exciting and rewarding experience however, maintaining their environment so that it mimics a south American rainforest can be difficult and expensive. You will also struggle to find a veterinarian with experience addressing the different issues your Aracaris might suffer from.

If you are an experienced bird enthusiast looking for a challenge consider the collared Aracari