Cuban Tody Todus multicolor

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Characteristic call is a soft, rolling trill, similar to p-p-prr-reeee, repeated frequently (ML 112183). This sound is ubiquitous at most times of the day. Occasionally, will repeat a short phrase of notes, like "pot-pot-pot-pot" or "tot-tot-tot-tot," generally monotone in nature.  When vocalizing, the red feathers of the throat often extend and appear as small bristles.

Nonvocal Sounds

Wing whirring or wing rattling; bill snapping.

Recommended Citation

Farnsworth, Andrew.(2009).Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: