Wildlife at New York. A Touch of the Tropics in Prospect Park Zoo this Winter 2015!

Wildlife at New York. A Touch of the Tropics in Prospect Park Zoo this Winter 2015!
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Wildlife at New York. A Touch of the Tropics in Prospect Park Zoo this Winter 2015!

Wildlife at New York. A Touch of the Tropics in Prospect Park Zoo this Winter 2015!

Aracari. Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Two tropical lettered aracari birds make debut at Prospect Park Zoo.

Lettered aracaris are a small species of toucan.

WCS works in the aracari’s native South American range to protect wildlife and restore ecologically fragile habitats.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo is now home to two lettered aracaris (Pteroglossus inscriptus). There are approximately 40 species of toucan. The lettered aracari is one of the smaller species, weighing approximately four ounces and reaching about 12 inches in length as adult.

Their strikingly colorful plumage, compact bodies, and large bills are a signature of the toucan species. They are social animals that generally roost in hollowed out trees with other adults and their fledging offspring.

The lettered aracari is native to the moist, lowland forests and swamps of Ecuador, Brazil, Columbia, Bolivia, and Peru. While not endangered, the bird’s natural habitat is facing serious threats from habitat fragmentation, climate change, and other factors. WCS’s Latin America and Caribbean Program is working in the field to mitigate these challenges and protect the area’s most ecologically intact wild places, including the Amazon Basin where toucans live.

The Prospect Park Zoo is home to several other tropical birds, including Victoria crowned pigeons, scarlet ibises, and peafowl. The lettered aracaris live in the zoo’s Animal Lifestyles building.

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Wildlife Conservation Society website: http://www.wcs.org/

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