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.

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The Cuban Tody is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor) is a species of bird in the tody family, Todidae. Of all of the todies, they seem to be the most colorful. Cuban Todys can only fly short distances, as they have rounded wings. Some scientists think that the Cuban Tody's ancestors may have flown over from the mainland long ago when Cuba was closer to it. The small, 11-centimetre (4.3 in) long bird could have easily made it over. More

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Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor), an endemic bird of Cuba = Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor)Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor)Scientific name: Todus multicolor Common name (english): Cuban Tody Common name (spanish): Cartacuba The Cuban Tody is endemic to Cuba and is thought to be the oldest surviving member of the Tody family which is confined to the Greater Antilles and comprises 5 species. This endemic bird is common and widely distributed on Cuba. More

The Cuban Tody's prey is adult and larval insects, caterpillars, spiders, and small lizards, and rarely eats small fruit. But, mongooses and very poor people eat the Cuban Tody, and thats about the only predators the tody has. The tody is an omnivorous consumer. The tody eats mainly insects which is why the tody could be a carnivore, but it is able to eats small fruits, and somethimes does which makes it a omnivore. More

The Cuban Tody is endemic to Cuba and is thought to be the oldest surviving member of the Tody family which is confined to the Greater Antilles and comprises 5 species. This endemic bird is common and widely distributed on Cuba... more info. animal life (fauna) in cuba naturaleza ... Cuba Naturaleza Biodiversity cuba naturaleza . More

Photos: Cuban Tody by Arturo Kirkconnell, Cuban Trogon by Jim Bangma - Itinerary - Day 1 - Arrival in Cuba The tour begins in the evening, after dinner, in Havana. Night in Havana. Day 2 - La Guira National Park This full day is spent in the cool mountains west of Havana in Pinar del Rio province at La Guira National Park. More

Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor), then, is the "original" tody species, and the most colorful. Not clearly visible in this photo are the shocking pink flanks. Todies are rotund, kinglet-sized birds with big heads, short tails, and long flat bills. They inhabit various forest types with fairly dense structure, since they typically make only short flights, engaging in a characteristic foraging maneuver known as the "underleaf sally." Todies sit on a twig, bill uplifted, scanning nearby foliage. More

most brightly colored member of the genus, the Cuban Tody has bright green upperparts with gleaming yellowish-green supercilia, yellow lores, red throat, pinkish flanks, whitish belly, and bright yellow crissum. This species is the only member of the genus occurring in Cuba, where it is widespread across a diversity of habitats and often abundant where it occurs. As is the case with other Todus, this species nests in holes burrowed in clay embankments, occasionally in a rotten trunk or even at the entrance to limestone caves. More

The Cuban Tody is perhaps the most colorful Tody. Like many island birds, its wings have become less capable of flight. It has rounded wings that only let it fly short distances. The Cuban Tody mostly eats insects and nests in holes that it has dug into clay banks. Occaisionally it will nest in other cavities. Classification: Order: Coraciiformes Family: Todidae Genus: Todus Species: T. More

Cuban Tody, Cuba, La Belen NP April 2004 © Colin Bushell - TOUCAN BIRDING TOURS Cuban Tody - Cuban Tody, Cuba, Pinares De Mayari March 2005 © Jim Rose To view more photos of Cuban Endemics click on this link for full trip report Cuban Tody - Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor), CUBA, Zapata Peninsula 20-03-2004 © Gerard Troost Send this as a postcard Cuban Tody More

Green Woodpeckers were present and another Cuban Tody was as ever a welcome sight. Back at the car park a Cuban Green Woodpecker was seen sticking his head out of a nest hole and another Yellow-throated Warbler and Northern Parula were seen. La Sagra's Flycatcher La Sagra's Flycatcher Flamingo Beach Flamingo Beach We then left and headed the short distance to Flamingo Beach where a superb seafood meal was cooked for us. More

Bee Hummingbird, Fernandina’s Flicker, Cuban Tody and Cuban Trogon were the main targets for our cameras, as was Red-legged Honeycreeper (for its sheer beauty). Of course any opportunity to photograph new world warblers would be appreciated and all the Cuban and Caribbean endemics in the areas we planned to visit would get a fair proportion of our time and attention. We would work from dawn until dusk, with just a couple of short breaks, to cool off in the sea with our snorkels. More

Order : Coraciiformes
Family : Todidae
Genus : Todus
Species : multicolor
Authority : Gould, 1837