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Puerto Rican Tody Todus mexicanus

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Todidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Aleshia Fremgen

One of five species in the Todidae, Puerto Rican Tody, is found in a wide range of wooded habitats across the island of the same name, and occurs from the coastal lowlands well into the mountains. As in all of the todies, the sexes are virtually alike (in this species differing only in iris color) and basically entirely bright green above, with a neat red chin and throat patch, a white malar streak, yellow breast sides, and yellowish flanks. Despite being endemic to the island of Puerto Rico, its describer, Lesson, was under the impression that the first specimens originated from eastern Mexico, hence the peculiar choice of scientific name. Local names for Puerto Rican Tody include San Pedrito, Medio peso, and Papagayo.


© José A. Colón López

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

Recommended Citation

Fremgen, A. (2018). Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus), version 2.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.