Family Todies (Todidae)

Least Concern

Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor)


French: Todier de Cuba German: Vielfarbentodi Spanish: Barrancolí cubano

Todus multicolor


, 1837,

no locality = western Cuba


Sister to T. angustirostris#R. Birds of E Cuba have been separated as race exilis on basis of slight colour differences, but these generally considered insufficient to warrant subspecific recognition. Monotypic.


Cuba, including larger cays off N coast (Lucas, Salinas, Fábrica, Cueva, Caguanes, Palma, Coco, Romano, Guajaba, Sabinal, Saetia)#R, and I of Pines.

Descriptive notes

c. 10–11 cm; 4·3–8·5 g. Most brilliantly coloured tody, with smallest bill. Bright green above; yellow-green, almost iridescent supercilia, yellow... read more


Highly distinctive vocalizations: a hard, rapid chattering and comparatively loud “tot-tot-... read more


Ecologically adaptable. Commonly found in xeric, mesic, wet and riparian woodland, thickets,... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily insectivorous. Recorded prey include caterpillars, small adult and larval insects, a coreid bug (Hemiptera), sphinx moths (... read more


Season Mar/Apr–Jun. Excavates burrow c. 30 cm long in earth bank, rotten log, or occasionally at cave entrance, sometimes in level... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to Cuba EBA. Widespread and locally common, especially in gulleys. In 1970, common in protected... read more

Recommended citation

Kepler, K.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cuban Tody (Todus multicolor). 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 18 June 2019).