Above is a little Puerto Rican Tody ( todus mexicanus) , locally called 'San Pedrito'. Tiny little
birds, they travel through the woods in twos, chirping to each other
as they go from branch to branch, in sight of each other or in hearing
distance. They nest in holes dug into clay banks. Photo above: Father Sanchez.
`Todies are voracious animals that are almost exclusively insectivorous.
Their constant activity and prodigious appetites force them
to consume one insect almost every minute of the daytime hours.
Their usual hunting technique consists of sallying out from
a perch, capture an insect located on a leaf, twig, or in
mid-air, and land on another perch, all in one neat, graceful
movement. Like hummingbirds, when they cannot feed (at night
or during prolonged periods of heavy rain) todies lower their
metabolisms and temperatures to conserve energy.
families of birds are endemic to the West Indies, specifically
to the Greater Antilles. One of them is composed by the todies
(Todidae.) These are small, chunky-looking birds that superficially
resemble hummingbirds. However, their closest relatives are
kingfishers, with whom they share certain anatomical and behavioral
traits. Both groups are placed in the order Coraciiformes.
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