Cuban Tody Todus multicolor

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

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