Pichí Pico-de-marfil/Ivory-billed Araçari/Pteroglossus azara

Foto: Joao Quental

Nombre en español: Pichí Pico-de-marfil

Nombre en inglés: Ivory-billed Araçari

Nombre científico: Pteroglossus azara

Familia: Ramphastidae

Categorías: Listado oficial CCRO

Canto: Jerome Fischer

El arasarí de pico amarillo o arasarí pico marfil es una especie de ave de la familia Ramphastidae.

Distribución y hábitat

Vive en el bosque húmedo de la Amazonia, en nororiente de Bolivia, norte y occidente de Brasil, sur y oriente de Colombia, oriente del Ecuador y el Perú y sur de Venezuela, a menos de 1.200 m de altitud.​

Foto: Hector Bottai


Mide 33 a 33,5 cm de longitud. La cabeza y el cuello son de color castaño, con la corona negra; presenta una banda rojo vivo en el pecho, una banda negra entre esta y el vientre y el crísum y el vientre son amarillos. El pico es largo y curvado en la punta, con la maxila de color marfil y la mandíbula es marfil, crema o amarilla y presenta una mancha anaranjada a castaña que tiende a ser delgada en la subespecie P. a. azara, más amplia en P. a. flavirostris y generalmente se extiende por gran parte de la mandíbula en P. a. mariae. La piel alrededor de los ojos es gris pizarra o azulado. El dorso es verde oscuro con matices azulados, las alas y la cola verdes. Las patas son verdosas a oliváceas con los dedos amarillos.​


Se conocen tres subespecies que anteriormente se han presentado como especies diferentes:

  • Pteroglossus azara azara (Vieillot, 1819), de Colombia, Ecuador y Venezuela;
  • Pteroglossus azara flavirostris Fraser, 1841, de la banda cuenca norte del Amazonas en Brasil;
  • Pteroglossus azara mariae Gould, 1854,​ de la banda sur del Amazonas.
Foto: Joao Quental

Ivory-billed aracari

The ivory-billed aracari or ivory-billed araçari (Pteroglossus azara) is a near-passerine bird in the toucan family Ramphastidae. It is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Taxonomy and systematics

The ivory-billed aracari was originally classified in genus Ramphastos. The International Ornithological Committee (IOC) recognizes two subspecies: P. a. flavirostris (Fraser, 1841) and the nominate P. a. azara (Vieillot, 1819). The South American Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society, the Clements taxonomy, and BirdLife International’s Handbook of the Birds of the World include a third, P. a. mariae (Gould, 1854), which the IOC treats as a separate species, the brown-mandibled aracari. The two subspecies recognized by the IOC have also at times been treated as species, but all three taxa interbreed where their ranges overlap. The ivory-billed aracari’s specific epithet commemorates the naturalist Félix de Azara. This article follows the IOC two-subspecies model.


The red-necked aracari is 36 to 45 cm (14 to 18 in) long and weighs 120 to 160 g (4.2 to 5.6 oz). The two subspecies (and the brown-mandibled species) do not differ appreciably in length, weight, or plumage but only in bill color. Adult males have a black cap above a chestnut head and throat, maroon-red nape and upper back, green lower back, and red rump. They have a narrow black band under the throat, a wide red band on the upper breast, a wide black band on the lower breast, a yellow belly, and green thighs. Adult females have a dark brown cap and a narrower black band below the throat than males. The nominate subspecies’ bill is mostly yellow, with a deep red to brown line on the maxilla that is broad at the base and tapers to a black tip. It has red, black, and ivory markings along its edge that resemble teeth. P. a. flavirostris‘ bill has a yellow to ivory maxilla with an orange spot under the nostril, black and white «teeth», and a yellow to ivory mandible with a narrow orange-brown line down its middle.

Distribution and habitat

The nominate subspecies of ivory-billed aracari is found in the Brazilian state of Amazonas between the left bank of the Rio Solimões (upper Amazon) and the right bank of the Rio Negro. P. a. flavirostris is found in southeastern Colombia, southern Venezuela, eastern Ecuador, northeastern Peru, and northwestern Brazil with some overlap with the nominate. The species inhabits a variety of forest landscapes including varzea, gallery forest, and secondary forest, and to a lesser extent terra firme, bamboo, cloudforest, and plantations. It is more common in early- to mid-successional forest than mature. In elevation it is mostly found below 600 m (2,000 ft) but is regularly found to 900 m (3,000 ft) and locally to 600 m (2,000 ft) in the Ecuador-Bolivia border area.



The ivory-billed aracari is believed to be a year-round resident throughout its range.


The ivory-billed aracari forages in the forest’s upper level and the canopy, typically in pairs or in a small group. There are few details known of its diet but it appears to be mostly fruit with some arthropods.


The ivory-billed aracari’s breeding season spans from December to May in most of its range but is from February to August in the western and southwestern parts of it. It is assumed to nest in tree cavities like other toucans. Its clutch size is two to four eggs. Nothing else is known about its breeding biology.


What is thought to be the ivory-billed aracari’s song is «a series of 2–6 wailing ‘twaaa-a-a’ or ‘tweee-ee’ or ‘traaa-at’ notes». Other vocalizations include «rattles, grunt-like contact notes, nasal ‘nyek’, purr-like notes, ‘kyeek’ alarm, [and] pure rattles ‘bddddt'».


The IUCN follows HBW taxonomy and so does not separately assess the ivory-billed and brown-mandibled aracaris. Taken as a whole it has a very large range, and though its population size is not known it is believed to be stable. No immeditate threats have been identified. The «[v]aried habitats utilized and changing nature of its successional habitats suggest that [the] species is not likely to become threatened in near future.

Fuentes: Wikipedia/eBird/xeno-canto

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