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Cuban Tody

Todus multicolor

Cuban Tody

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Todidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Farnsworth, Andrew

Cuban Tody

Camaguey, Cuba, February 2009 © Carol Foil

A small, colorful bird with a distinctly big-headed appearance. The most brightly colored member of the genus, the Cuban Tody has bright green upperparts with gleaming yellowish-green supercilia, yellow lores, red throat, pinkish flanks, whitish belly, and bright yellow crissum. This species is the only member of the genus occurring in Cuba, where it is widespread across a diversity of habitats and often abundant where it occurs.  As is the case with other Todus, this species nests in holes burrowed in clay embankments, occasionally in a rotten trunk or even at the entrance to limestone caves.Cuban Tody, Zapata Cuba December 2002 Pete Morris, Birdquest

Recommended Citation

Farnsworth, Andrew. 2009. Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=26366

 Map data provided by Eneider Perez-Mena

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical deciduous forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 3 - 4
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern