Family Todies (Todidae)

Least Concern

Narrow-billed Tody (Todus angustirostris)


French: Todier à bec étroit German: Schmalschnabeltodi Spanish: Barrancolí picofino

Todus angustirostris


, 1851,



Sister to T. multicolor#R. In the past was considered synonymous with T. subulatus, the two forms thought to represent male and female of same species. Monotypic.


Hispaniola, where (unlike T. subulatus) absent from all satellite islands.

Descriptive notes

c. 11 cm; c. 5·2–9 g. Brilliant green above, with pale green super­cilia, and a few grey feathers on lower cheek; red throat, whitish breast and belly, pink... read more


Vocalizations readily distinguish the two species of Todus on Hispaniola. Present species... read more


Primarily dense, wet montane forest with canopy of 6–9 m, densely covered with epiphytic... read more

Food and feeding

Almost solely insects recorded; very occasionally tiny lizards. Pairs frequently join mixed-species foraging flocks (comprising both... read more


Breeds Apr–Jun. Excavates burrow 30–35 cm long, with average width 4·4 cm and height 3·9 cm, in earthen bank,... read more


Resident; possible short, seasonal movements to lower altitudes in cooler months, returning higher... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Formerly listed as Near Threatened. Comparatively little recent information on... read more

Recommended citation

Kepler, K.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Narrow-billed Tody (Todus angustirostris). 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 26 June 2019).