The first bird in our seventh annual Birdorable Bonanza: 2015 Advent Edition is the darling little Cuban Tody! The Cuban Tody is one of five species of tody in the world. All birds in the family are found in the Caribbean. Todies... Read more »
Cuban Todies are predominantly insectivorous. They also feed on small lizards and fruits. They forage in trees and scrub, and take insects on the wing as well as finding prey on or under leaves.
Cuban Todies nest in clay embankments, where they burrow a hole or tunnel and line the inside with lichens, feathers, and other natural materials. They may also nest in rotten tree trunks or at cave entrances.
Details & Statistics
The Cuban Tody is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.