Genus Todus


Narrow-billed Tody - The Narrow-billed Tody is a species of bird in the Todidae family. It is found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montanes and heavily degraded former forest.


Puerto rican tody - The Puerto Rican Tody can be described as having green feathers with a yellow flanks, a bright yellow almost white belly, a red throat and lower mandible and a long beak. It is a very small bird and is the smallest representative of the order Coraciiformes. This tody measures on average 11cm and weighs from 5 to 6 grams. Males and females can be distinguished by the coloration of their eyes. Males have grey eyes while females have white eyes.


Cuban Tody - The Cuban Tody eats mostly small adult and larval insects. It rarely eats small fruit. Some have been known to eat caterpillars, spiders, and small lizards. Mongooses and people in poor areas eat Cuban Todies. Otherwise, it is a delight to people watching.They have small, flat bills, and are often seen in pairs. When perched, sometimes repeats a peculiar short tot-tot-tot-tot. The most characteristic call is a soft pprreeee-pprreeee, that gave origin to its common name, 'Pedorrera'. When nesting they dig a tunnel about 0.3 metres in length with a chamber at the end in a clay embankment, though sometimes they use a rotten trunk or tree cavity. The walls of the tunnel and the egg chamber are covered with a thick glue-like substance mixed with grass, lichen, algae, small feathers and other materials that probably act as a sealant.


Broad-billed Tody - While its close relative, the Narrow-billed Tody is more prevalent in the higher altitude areas, the Broad-billed Tody prefers lower altitude habitats. To nest, it digs into a river bank, similar to a kingfisher.


Jamaican Tody - Found only in Jamaica, the Jamaican Tody is a small and colourful bird, predominantly green above, with a red throat and yellow underparts, with some pink on the sides. It has a large head and a long, flat bill. It perches on small branches, with its bills unturned and, like its Cuban relative , takes insects, larvae, and fruit. The Jamaican Tody nests in burrows, which it excavates in muddy banks or rotten wood.

Order : Coraciiformes
Family : Todidae
Genus : Todus