Chestnut-eared Araçari Pteroglossus castanotis

Brazilian name: araçari-castanho
Chestnut-eared  Araçari, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click on image for a larger view Brazil

The Chestnut-eared Araçari is found from Colombia to Argentina and is possibly the most common araçari in central and eastern Brazil.

Chestnut-eared  Araçari, Vila Bela de Santíssima Trindade, Mato Grosso, Brazil, March 2003 - click on image for a larger view Its bill is mostly black with a yellow tip and a yellow line along the middle with yellow "teeth". Its underparts are yellow with a single red band across the chest and it also has a red rump. The chestnut "ears" and collar tend to look black at a distance.

While araçaris tend to be more vegetarian than toucans, the Chestnut-eared is known to attack colonies of Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela) to raid the nests.

Chestnut-eared  Araçari, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click on image for a larger viewThe Chestnut-eared Araçari forms a superspecies with the Black-necked Araçari (Pteroglossus aracari)

There are illustrations in Hilty & Brown, Plate 20; Sick, Plate 24 and in HBW, Volume 7, Pages 230 and 263.

Chestnut-eared  Araçari, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click on image for a larger view There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto.
Chestnut-eared  Araçari, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click on image for a larger view
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