Narrow-billed Tody Todus angustirostris

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

The Narrow-billed Tody (Todus angustirostris) is a typical tody: a small, short-tailed, chunky bird with bright colors and a long, flattened bill. It is found on Hispaniola, which is the only island on which more than a single species of tody occurs: the Narrow-billed Tody tends to occur at higher elevations on the island, above 700 m, while the lowlands of Hispaniola are occupied by the Broad-billed Tody (Todus subulatus). The two are similar in plumage - bright green above, with a red throat and paler underparts - but the Narrow-billed Tody is whiter below, and the red mandible usually has a dusky tip. The two species also have different vocalizations, and different foraging behaviors: the Narrow-billed Tody consistently forages lower near the ground than does the Broad-billed Tody.


© Cameron B. Kepler

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Overton, L. C. (2011). Narrow-billed Tody (Todus angustirostris), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.