Cuban Tody Todus multicolor

  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Todidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Andrew Farnsworth



Forages at many heights, in scrub and at understory levels.  Flycatching off leaves and underleaf sallying is common.  Will occasionally take insects and spiders in mid-air, or snap an insect off a branch or stone in a clay embankment (Raffaele et al. 1998, Kepler 2001).


Engages in wing-whirring and active, short flights, in territorial disputes.  May be highly vocal around nest burrow, interacting frequently with conspecific intruders and occasionally with inter-specific intruders (Rolle 1961, Forshaw 1987, Kepler 2001; Farnsworth personal observations).

Sexual Behavior

Breeds primarily from March to July; pairs often stay together year-round (Raffaele et al. 1998, Garrido and Kirkconnell 2000, Kepler 2001).

Social and interspecific behavior

Pairs often found together, and pairs travel with young in small territories.  Rarely (?) seen to interact aggresively with wintering migrant warblers (e.g. Black-throated Blue Warblers) when searching for insects (Farnsworth personal observations).


Eggs of the genus Todus are eaten in some places by humans (e.g. Haiti), though this is not explicitly known from any locations in Cuba.

Recommended Citation

Farnsworth, A. (2009). Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.