Ivory-Billed Aracari


The ivory-billed aracari, one of the smallest members of the Ramphastidaefamily, is an affectionate, playful toucan. The ivory-billed aracari is a dimorphic species: the males have a black crown, whereas the females have a brown crown. The males also tend to have longer beaks. Although not very common in aviculture, they are popular among bird enthusiasts because of their personalities and positive traits as a pet.

Although ivory-billed aracaris are relatively new to aviculture, those that have been bred and kept as pets have proven to be delightful. Ivory-billed aracaris are comical, playful, affectionate birds that enjoy spending time with their owners. Because they are quiet, they could be kept in apartments. Like other toucan species, the ivory-billed aracari is active and needs a large amount of space in which to fly and play.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Ivory-billed aracaris are highly active and need plenty of space to both fly and play; their cages should also have enough toys for entertainment. Their diet consists primarily of fruit in the wild, and the same should be replicated in captivity. Because citric acid facilitates the absorption of iron, it is recommended not to give this species any citric fruits. In addition to a wide variety of fruits, their diet should be supplemented with a low-iron protein source. Care should be taken regarding their housing; ivory-billed toucans should not be placed in a mixed aviary, particularly with smaller birds.

Expert Advice

“Ivory bills are very affectionate, playful and comical birds that make wonderful pets. They are very quiet, so there is no noise to worry about and they are even suitable for apartment living.”

Jerry Jennings, Emerald Forest Bird Gardens

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Southern Venezuela and northern Brazil
150 grams
Life Expectancy:
16 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Good trick ability