Family Todies (Todidae)

Least Concern

Broad-billed Tody (Todus subulatus)


French: Todier à bec large German: Breitschnabeltodi Spanish: Barrancolí picogrueso

Todus subulatus

G. R. Gray

, 1847,

no locality


A multi-gene study revealed that present species, T. todus and T. mexicanus form a subclade within the family#R. In the past was thought to include T. angustirostris (which see). Monotypic.


Hispaniola, including Gonâve I.

Descriptive notes

c. 11–12 cm; c. 7–10·2 g (Gonâve specimens slightly smaller than those of main island). Largest of the todies. Bright green above, with conspicuous... read more


The two Todus that inhabit Hispaniola are best distinguished by voice. Present species... read more


Primarily arid and semi-arid, lowland scrub-forest and subdesert dominated by leguminous trees (... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Foraging habits typical of genus; main technique the “Underleaf-sally”. Pairs frequently join mixed-species foraging... read more


Breeds Mar–Jun. Digs burrow 30 cm or more long, longest 47·3 cm and 60·0 cm, with average width 3·7 cm and... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. The more abundant of the two Todus species in Hispaniola. No recent... read more

Recommended citation

Kepler, K.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Broad-billed Tody (Todus subulatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 August 2019).