The Cuban Tody

Cuban TodyThe Cuban Tody is a small, intensely colorful bird with long thin bills. The Cuban Tody has bright green upperparts with gleaming yellowish-green over each eye, yellow lores, red throat, pinkish flanks, whitish belly, and bright yellow crissum.

Their wings make an audible whirring sound. The todies are among the world’s most delightful and beautiful birds.

This endemic bird is common and widely distributed on Cuba. Cuban todies are found in dry lowlands, dry mountainous scrublands, tropical deciduous forests, tropical lowland evergreen forests, mountainous evergreen forests, pine forests, and along seashores near coastal vegetation.

Cuban Todies eat mostly small adult and larval insects, but have been known to eat caterpillars, spiders, and small lizards. They sometimes eat small fruits.

Cuban Tody vocalizes constantly, a ubiquitous component of the acoustic scene in many habitats across the isalnd. Cuban todies pair for life, and have striking courtship patterns, including showing their bright pink sides. They breed from April to June, first digging burrows in earthen banks, within rotten logs, and in natural limestone cavities. Both parents incubate and provide care for nestlings.

The Cuban Tody