Jamaican tody

Found only in Jamaica, the Jamaican tody (Todus todus) 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 (the Cuban tody), takes insects, larvae, and fruit. The Jamaican tody nests in burrows, which it excavates in muddy banks or rotted wood.

Jamaican tody
Jamaican tody (Todus todus)
At Strawberry Hill, Jamaica
Endemic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Todidae
Genus: Todus
Species: T. todus
Binomial name
Todus todus
Synonyms
  • Alcedo todus Linnaeus, 1758
  • Todus viridis Linnaeus, 1766

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Todus todus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  • Animal, Smithsonian Institution, 2005

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