Broad-billed Tody Todus subulatus

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Todidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Lowell C. Overton

The Broad-billed Tody (Todus subulatus) is a typical tody: a small, short-tailed, chunky bird with bright colors and a long, flattened bill. It is found on Hispaniola, which is the only island on which more than a single species of tody occurs: the Narrow-billed Tody (Todus angustirostris) tends to occur at higher elevations on the island, above 700 m, while the lowlands of Hispaniola are occupied by the Broad-billed Tody. The two species are similar in plumage - bright green above, with a red throat and paler underparts - but the Broad-billed Tody is washed with yellow on the breast, and mandible is entirely red (lacking the dusky tip on the mandible of Narrow-billed). The two species also have different vocalizations, and different foraging behaviors: the Broad-billed Tody consistently forages higher above the ground than does the Narrow-billed Tody.


© Ted Parker

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Overton, L. C. (2011). Broad-billed Tody (Todus subulatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.