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Narrow-billed Tody Todus angustirostris

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


One characteristic vocalization is a two note call, described as "chip-chee, accented on the second syllable" (Raffaele et al. 1998). Also a short chatter.

Nonvocal Sounds

As do the other species of tody, both sexes of Narrow-billed Tody have a wing-rattling sound, "produced as air passes rapidly through the slightly attenuated outer primaries" (Kepler 1977). Todies are capable of silent flight, and so the wing rattle sound is intentional.

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.