Curl-Crested Araçari Trivia

Curl-Crested Aracari

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The curl-crested araçari is the only bird with a curled crest.
True
Unlike any other araçari, or any other bird, the curl-crested araçari has modified glossy head feathers that resemble shiny black pieces of plastic, enamel, or curled ribbon which are only visible up-close.
False

The curl-crested araçari’s population is severely fragmented.
False
The curl-crested araçari’s population is not severely fragmented, and all individuals do not reside in one subpopulation. It generally occupies at a density of c. 1 bird/10-12 ha. or c. 8 birds/100 ha.
True

What is the curl-crested araçari’s parental investment?
Maternal & Paternal
The curl-crested araçari has both maternal and paternal parental investment as both parents help brood the chicks. Both parents incubate the eggs, brood and feed the offspring, and share in nest cleaning duties.
Maternal
Paternal
None

The curl-crested araçari is more vocal than other araçaris.
False
The curl-crested araçari calls frequently, but is not as vocal as other araçaris.
True

The curl-crested araçari is larger than most toucans.
False
The curl-crested araçari is smaller than most toucans and measures 40-46 centimeters, or 16-18 inches long, and weighs 164-280 grams, or 6-10 ounces.
True

The curl-crested araçari is one how many species of birds in the family Ramphastidae?
40
The curl-crested araçari is one of over 40 species of birds in the family Ramphastidae.
80
20
60

The curl-crested araçari is a common species kept in captivity in the United States.
False
The curl-crested araçari is not a common species kept in captivity in the United States.
True

The curl-crested araçari is the largest araçari species.
False
The curl-crested araçari is tied with the black-necked araçari (Pteroglossus aracari) as the second largest araçari after the chestnut-eared araçari (Pteroglossus castanotis).
True

Very little is known about the curl-crested araçari’s reproduction.
True
Very little is known about the curl-crested araçari’s reproduction.
False

What is the curl-crested araçari’s evaluation on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species?
Least Concern
The curl-crested araçari is evaluated as Least Concern.
Near Threatened
Vulnerable
Endangered

What habitat does the curl-crested araçari inhabit?
Forest
The curl-crested araçari inhabits forest habitats.
Grassland
Savanna
Shrubland

How do curl-crested araçaris sleep?
Tail & Beak Over Back
Curl-crested araçaris sleep with their long tails folded over their backs.
Wings Around Beak
Beak Against Chest
Tail Between Legs

What is the curl-crested araçari’s primary diet?
Herbivore
The curl-crested araçari’s diet is poorly known, but it is known to be primarily a herbivore.
Omnivore
Carnivore
Unknown

What color is the bare skin around the curl-crested araçari’s eyes?
Blue
The bare skin around the eyes is blue and the whitish-yellow facial feathers have hardened black tips.
Green
Red
Yellow

How are curl-crested araçari chicks born?
Blind
Curl-crested araçari chicks are born blind and naked with short bills and thick pads on their heels to protect them from the rough floor of the nest.
Naked
Curl-crested araçari chicks are born blind and naked with short bills and thick pads on their heels to protect them from the rough floor of the nest.
Deaf
Feathered

Where do curl-crested araçaris feed?
Ground
Curl-crested araçaris frequently forage in the mid-level and canopy of forest edges, looking for fruiting trees. They will also go to small bushes in clearings to feed and has been seen on the ground, presumably feeding with other bird species.
Mid-Level
Curl-crested araçaris frequently forage in the mid-level and canopy of forest edges, looking for fruiting trees. They will also go to small bushes in clearings to feed and has been seen on the ground, presumably feeding with other bird species.
Canopy
Curl-crested araçaris frequently forage in the mid-level and canopy of forest edges, looking for fruiting trees. They will also go to small bushes in clearings to feed and has been seen on the ground, presumably feeding with other bird species.
Emergent

The curl-crested araçari is suspected to lose what percentage of habitat in the next 21 years?
16-20%
The curl-crested araçari is suspected to lose 16.3-20.6% of suitable habitat within its distribution over three generations (21 years) based on a model of Amazonian deforestation.
36-40%
56-60%
76-80%

The curl-crested araçari is subject to education and awareness programs.
False
The curl-crested araçari is not subject to recent education and awareness programs, is not included in international legislation, and is not subject to any international management or trade controls.
True

There is debate over the spelling of which of the curl-crested araçari’s names?
Species
There is debate over whether the curl-crested araçari’s scientific name should be spelled Pteroglossus beauharnaisii or Pteroglossus beauharnaesii.
Common
Family
Genus

When was the curl-crested araçari first described?
1832
The curl-crested araçari was first described by Johann Georg Wagler in 1832.
1932
1732
1632

The curl-crested araçari is endemic to what continent?
South America
The curl-crested araçari is endemic to South America.
Australia
Africa
Asia

When do curl-crested araçari chicks fledge?
43-50 Days
Fledging occurs in 43-50 days.
13-20 Days
23-30 Days
53-60 Days

There is an action recovery plan in place for the curl-crested araçari.
False
There is no action recovery plan, systemic monitoring schemes, or invasive species control and prevention in place for the curl-crested araçari. The species is also not subject to ex-situ conservation.
True

What is the curl-crested araçari’s population trend?
Decreasing
The curl-crested araçari has a decreasing population trend.
Increasing
Stable
Unknown

The curl-crested araçari is migratory.
False
The curl-crested araçari is not a migrant and is not migratory.
True

What type of forest habitat does the curl-crested araçari inhabit?
Subtropical/Tropical
The curl-crested araçari inhabits subtropical and tropical forest habitats.
Boreal
Temperate
Subarctic

The curl-crested araçari has more diffuse facial patterns than other araçaris.
True
The curl-crested araçari has more diffuse facial patterns than other araçaris.
False

What kind of toes does the curl-crested araçari have?
Zygodactylous
The curl-crested araçari has zygodactylous toes as two point forward and two point backwards.
Syndactylous
Anisodactylous
Heterodactylous

What is the curl-crested araçari’s social system?
Social
Curl-crested araçaris are docile, peaceful, social birds.
Solitary

How long are curl-crested araçari eggs incubated?
16-18 Days
Both parents incubate the eggs for about 16-18 days.
26-28 Days
36-38 Days
6-8 Days

How many eggs do female curl-crested araçaris lay?
3-6
Female curl-crested araçaris lay three to six elliptical-shaped eggs in the hollow nest cavity floor where only a few wood chips may remain.
1-3
6-9
9-12

Which sex of curl-crested araçari builds the nest?
Male
Males tend to modify the nest site and coax the female to it for her approval.
Female

The curl-crested araçari’s bill is short compared to other toucan species.
True
The curl-crested araçari’s bill is relatively short, compared to other toucan species.
False

The curl-crested araçari’s calls are very different from other araçaris.
True
The curl-crested araçari’s calls are very different from other araçaris and it makes sounds with much variability, fast to slow, deep to soft.
False

What color is curl-crested araçari’s back?
Red
Apart from the bizarre head ornamentation, the curl-crested araçari is a quite pretty toucan with a red back.
Green
Grey
Yellow

The curl-crested araçari is partially terrestrial and feeds on the ground.
True
The curl-crested araçari is arboreal and partially terrestrial. It has been seen on the ground, presumably feeding with other bird species.
False

The curl-crested araçari is in the same family as which animals?
Barbets
The curl-crested araçari is in the family Ramphastidae, the South American barbets, toucans, toucanets, and araçaris.
Toucans
The curl-crested araçari is in the family Ramphastidae, the South American barbets, toucans, toucanets, and araçaris.
Toucanets
The curl-crested araçari is in the family Ramphastidae, the South American barbets, toucans, toucanets, and araçaris.
Woodpeckers

Curl-crested araçari will eat bird eggs and nestlings.
True
Curl-crested araçari will eat eggs and take nestlings of birds, such as the yellow-rumped cacique (Cacicus cela). This is thought to happen most when the araçari is nesting.
False

The curl-crested araçari has a friendly disposition and can be trained.
True
The curl-crested araçari’s friendly disposition makes it a fantastic pet. They are easily trained to potty in the appropriate place as well as do a number of unique bird tricks.
False

Which sex of curl-crested araçari has a shorter bill?
Female
Both sexes are alike, but females have shorter bills.
Male

Curl-crested araçari courtship has been observed in captivity.
False
No courtship has been noticed in captivity, other than increased interest in nest logs and the birds spending more time inside nests.
True

Based on estimated global population size, what is the curl-crested araçari considered?
Uncommon
The curl-crested araçari’s global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as rare to uncommon.
Common
Rare

Who feeds curl-crested araçari chicks?
Mother
Both parents feed the offspring. Previous offspring and possibly other adult curl-crested araçari will also feed the chicks.
Father
Both parents feed the offspring. Previous offspring and possibly other adult curl-crested araçari will also feed the chicks.
Unrelated Adult
Both parents feed the offspring. Previous offspring and possibly other adult curl-crested araçari will also feed the chicks.
Older Sibling
Both parents feed the offspring. Previous offspring and possibly other adult curl-crested araçari will also feed the chicks.

What is the curl-crested araçari’s scientific name?
Pteroglossus beauharnaisii
There is debate over whether the curl-crested araçari’s scientific name should be spelled Pteroglossus beauharnaisii or Pteroglossus beauharnaesii.
Pteroglossus aracari
Pteroglossus bailloni
Pteroglossus pluricinctus

The curl-crested araçari was formerly placed in which genus?
Beauharnaisius
Because of its relatively long tail and curly crest, the curl-crested araçari was formerly placed in the monotypic genus or subgenus Beauharnaisius, but genetic data indicates that this species is embedded within Pteroglossus, being sister-species to the Eastern red-necked araçari (Pteroglossus bitorquatus).
Selenidera
Ramphastos
Aulacorhynchus

The curl-crested araçari inhabits what countries?
Bolivia
The curl-crested araçari has an extremely large range across Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Brazil
The curl-crested araçari has an extremely large range across Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Peru
The curl-crested araçari has an extremely large range across Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Colombia

Conservation sites for the curl-crested araçari have been identified over its entire range.
True
Conservation sites for the curl-crested araçari have been identified over its entire range.
False

The curl-crested araçari co-resides with which other araçaris?
Lettered Araçari
The curl-crested araçari overlaps in terra firme forest with both lettered araçari (Pteroglossus inscriptus) and ivory-billed araçari (Pteroglossus azara).
Ivory-Billed Araçari
The curl-crested araçari overlaps in terra firme forest with both lettered araçari (Pteroglossus inscriptus) and ivory-billed araçari (Pteroglossus azara).
Collared Araçari
Black-Necked Araçari

What type of subtropical/tropical forest does the curl-crested araçari inhabit?
Moist Lowland
The curl-crested araçari inhabits forest habitats including subtropical and tropical moist lowlands and swamps. They are commonly found along river edges.
Swamp
The curl-crested araçari inhabits forest habitats including subtropical and tropical moist lowlands and swamps. They are commonly found along river edges.
Moist Montane
Dry

What prevents the curl-crested araçari from being evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species?
Large Range
The curl-crested araçari has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). The curl-crested araçari’s population is not severely fragmented, and all individuals do not reside in one subpopulation. It generally occupies at a density of c. 1 bird/10-12 ha. or c. 8 birds/100 ha.
Non-Fragmented Population
The curl-crested araçari has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). The curl-crested araçari’s population is not severely fragmented, and all individuals do not reside in one subpopulation. It generally occupies at a density of c. 1 bird/10-12 ha. or c. 8 birds/100 ha.
Increasing Population Trend
Large Population Size

How long is a curl-crested araçari’s generation?
7 Years
The curl-crested araçari’s generation length is 7 years.
2 Years
21 Years
17 Years

When is the curl-crested araçari breeding season?
May-August
Data from curl-crested araçari specimens indicates a breeding season of May to August, occasionally to November or even February.
August-November
November-February
February-May

What color is the curl-crested araçari’s stomach?
Yellow
Apart from the bizarre head ornamentation, the curl-crested araçari is a quite pretty toucan with a yellow breast.
Red
Green
Grey

The curl-crested araçari’s tail is short compared to other toucans.
False
The tail is relatively long, compared to other toucans, and varies in color but has a greenish-bronze dominant color.
True

What color is the tip of the curl-crested araçari’s beak?
Orange
The ornately-patterned, multicolored bill has a blue and maroon upper bill, ivory lower bill, and an orange tip.
Blue
White
Maroon

How many birds make up a curl-crested araçaris flock?
4-12
Curl-crested araçaris fly about in flocks of four to 12.
1-4
12-24
24-48

What color are curl-crested araçari eggs?
White
Female curl-crested araçaris lay pure-white elliptical-shaped eggs in the hollow nest cavity floor where only a few wood chips may remain.
Blue
Orange
Yellow

Where do curl-crested araçaris nest?
Tree Hollows
The curl-crested araçari is known to nest in abandoned tree hollows and cavities, finding hollowed crevices or snags to modify for egg-laying and incubation and even utilizing old woodpecker holes. Some hollows are the result of a branch break and ensuing rotting of the heart wood from rain over a period of time. Captive curl-crested araçaris may breed in nest boxes with a concave bottom; however, they generally prefer natural nests constructed from palm tree logs, which allows them to dig their nest chambers deeper.
Woodpecker Holes
The curl-crested araçari is known to nest in abandoned tree hollows and cavities, finding hollowed crevices or snags to modify for egg-laying and incubation and even utilizing old woodpecker holes. Some hollows are the result of a branch break and ensuing rotting of the heart wood from rain over a period of time. Captive curl-crested araçaris may breed in nest boxes with a concave bottom; however, they generally prefer natural nests constructed from palm tree logs, which allows them to dig their nest chambers deeper.
Nest Boxes
The curl-crested araçari is known to nest in abandoned tree hollows and cavities, finding hollowed crevices or snags to modify for egg-laying and incubation and even utilizing old woodpecker holes. Some hollows are the result of a branch break and ensuing rotting of the heart wood from rain over a period of time. Captive curl-crested araçaris may breed in nest boxes with a concave bottom; however, they generally prefer natural nests constructed from palm tree logs, which allows them to dig their nest chambers deeper.
Bushes

What does the curl-crested araçari’s crest feel like?
Plastic
The curl-crested araçari has modified glossy head feathers that resemble shiny black pieces of plastic, enamel, or curled ribbon which are only visible up-close. These feathers feel like plastic.
Feathers
Wool
Silk

Curl-crested araçaris will flock with other species of araçaris.
True
Curl-crested araçaris will sometimes flock with other species of araçaris.
False

The curl-crested araçari is subject to international management and trade controls.
False
The curl-crested araçari is not included in international legislation and is not subject to any international management or trade controls.
True

What is the curl-crested araçari’s rhythm?
Diurnal
The curl-crested araçari is diurnal.
Nocturnal
Crepuscular
Cathemeral

What color is the curl-crested araçari’s breastband?
Red
The underparts contain increasing red blotches and a single red and black breast band.
Blue
Green
Yellow

What type of herbivore is the curl-crested araçari?
Frugivore
The curl-crested araçari’s diet is poorly known, but it is known to be primarily a frugivore. Fruits, such as figs and those of Ocotea, make up the vast majority of its diet.
Folivore
Nectivore
Granivore

Curl-crested araçaris sleep with up to how many adults?
5
Curl-crested araçaris will sleep with up to five adults and their fledged offspring in the same nesting hole.
2
12
25

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