Broad-billed Tody Todus subulatus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The primary vocalization is "a monotonous whistled call, terp terp terp ... uttered in a complaining tone" (Kepler 1977). Also has "a trilly, chattering vocalization," heard occasionally during aggressive encounters; and "various guttural sounds," which may be confined to the breeding season (Kepler 1977).

Nonvocal Sounds

As do the other species of tody, both sexes of Broad-billed Tody have a wing-rattling sound, "produced as air passes rapidly through the slightly attenuated outer primaries" (Kepler 1977). Todies are capable of silent flight, and so the wing rattle sound is intentional.

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.