The housing of Aracaris is relatively simple and straightforward. Being small birds, they do not need huge enclosures like the larger species of Toucan do. A large parrot cage will suit them fine as long as they are allowed out for exercise on a daily basis. A 3' x 3' x 2' cage will provide plenty of space to move about during the day and give the bird enough room for feeders, toys and a sleeping tent. Keep in mind that Aracaris cannot climb but instead fly or hop to get around. The wings are rarely clipped in pet birds so it is extremely important to locate the cage in an area where accidental escape will not result in a release to the outdoors. Recapturing an Aracari lost outside is nearly impossible.
Aracaris are not particularly messy birds although, while feeding, they do tend to splatter juices and bits of fruit as they "chew" their meal and swallow it. As with any pet, the easier the maintenance is, the more likely you will do it, and we have discovered several tricks to help keep clean up fast and simple. We have made curtains that tie on to the cage and cover the sides and back, leaving the front open. This prevents the majority of mess from hitting walls or windows. In the front of the cage a decorative towel is placed on the floor to protect carpeting. Every few days it is a simple task to pull the curtains and towel up and toss it in the washing machine for a quick clean-up. Having a second set on hand to swap out is even better.
Aracari droppings, while typically wet, actually clean up relatively easily. Unlike parrot droppings which can be like slimy cement, the waste of a toucan is somewhat solid surrounded by liquid. It is very easy to wipe up with a damp cloth and I have never had it stain or even leave a mark (unless they have been eating blueberries!). They also always fall straight down so are easily captured in the cage tray. The best type of cage will be one with a grate that keeps the droppings away from the bird. The frequency of changing the tray will depend on the type of litter used with paper needing daily cleaning. We use shredded aspen shavings and can normally go a week between replacement as it is very absorbent.
Another important part of the Aracari cage is a sleeping area. Aracaris do not roost in the open but rather seek out tree hollows where they spend the night. The birds really enjoy a secure place to snuggle and hide away and sometimes even use it during the day. We have used the hanging fabric hideouts made for ferrets as they are easy to toss in the wash if they get soiled, although the birds rarely defecate in them. Some people have also used finch or parakeet nesting boxes as well. Remember to keep it fairly small as they prefer tight quarters for sleeping.