Curl-crested araçari

Pteroglossus beauharnaesii

At the Zoo

South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary

Fascinating Facts

Physical Characteristics

Curl-crested araçaris are a beautifully colored, glossy-feathered birds with curled feathers on their crown. These modified head feathers are unlike any other araçari and resemble shiny black pieces of plastic. They have a long tail and zygodactyl feet. They have relatively small wings, suitable only for short distance flights.


Curl-crested araçaris are found in western Brazil into southeastern Peru and northeastern Bolivia, in tropical moist lowland forests. They are arboreal and diurnal. Araçaris are considered mainly frugivorous, but are actually omnivores, occasionally consuming eggs or young birds.

Social Behavior

They are generally gregarious and fly in small flocks of 3-12 birds or in pairs through the canopy, foraging in fruiting trees. During the breeding season, males tend to modify the nest site and coax the female to it for her approval. Then pairs will separate out for nesting in tree cavities, where both parents incubate the eggs, feed the babies and share in nest cleaning duties.

Status In The Wild

Least Concern – IUCN 2012

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