February 25, 2013
The Aquarium has acquired a female Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), a small, social member of the toucan family of birds. The female has joined the Aquarium’s male aracari, Kevin, in the outdoor enclosure between Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest.
Aquarium bird biologists hope the Collared Aracaris (pronounced ar-uh-SAR-ees) will breed and produce offspring.
Collared Aracaris are found in forested areas of Central and South America, including Costa Rica, Panama, southern Mexico, and western Ecuador. They eat fleshy fruits, insects, small lizards, eggs, and bird nestlings. Although not officially considered threatened, the wild population has decreased over the last decade.