Broad-billed Tody Todus subulatus

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


Geographic Variation

No geographic variation has been reported in this species.

Related Species

Recent phylogenetic/evolutionary research from mitochondrial DNA analyses indicate that the Broad-billed Tody (Todus subulatus) and Narrow-billed Tody (Todus angustirostris) did not share a common ancestor. Rather, the phylogenetic analysis suggests that the Broad-billed Tody is most closely related to the Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus; Figure 1, Overton and Rhoads 2004) and that Narrow-billed Tody was derived from colonization of Hispaniola of an ancestor closer to Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor), rather than divergence of the Narrow-billed and Broad-billed todies occurring in situ from a single ancestor (Overton and Rhoads 2004). Separation of the Narrow-billed Tody and Broad-billed Tody appears to have occurred approximately 2-3 mya and indicates that these two birds have been distinct species on Hispaniola for quite some time (Overton and Rhoads 2004).

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.