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Cuban Tody

Todus multicolor


One of the cutest birds in the world, this tiny gem is one of only 5 species belonging to the family Todidae, which is endemic to the Caribbean. They are closely related to bee-eaters, kingfishers and rollers and are restricted to the four larger islands the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola). Although not uncommonly encountered whilst birding these tropical islands, these forest dwellers are always a treat to behold, and are often fabulously confiding, allowing up-close-and-personal views and great photographic opportunities. This image was taken at Cuevas de los Portales in western Cuba. The revolutionary, Che Guevara spent over a month in these caves during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the park around the caves offers exceptional birding.

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45 Comments (1–25)

micaela2 a day ago

it is very small

MehmetKaraca 4 months ago


HazelMarley 10 months ago

Awwwwwwwww! So cute!

Phil_S 2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful bird! Great shot!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 2 years ago

Beautiful !

IsabellaFiers 2 years ago

Gorgeous !!!!

OnengDyah 2 years ago

Wouw..very lovely..

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 2 years ago

So sharp, what an awesome bird...

What a beautiful bird!

MayraSpringmann 2 years ago

Fascinating colors!!!

MayraSpringmann 2 years ago

Absolutely fascinating!

jakewade97 2 years ago

Love it, love it, LOVE IT!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 2 years ago

Lovely little bird. Dashing colors.

Trapsuutjie 2 years ago

Stunning photograph of such a cute bird!

Saarbrigger 2 years ago

Wow nice. Someone has painted this bird? :-)

NicoleB 2 years ago

I'm gonna drop dead - this one's so beautiful!
Lovely detail!

EsraMalakli 2 years ago


JulianaVictorino 2 years ago

Nature is perfect, very beautiful bird.

CeciliaTraconis 2 years ago

Very beautiful.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Congrats Adam...

Ryan21 2 years ago

Great pic and great spotting!!

Gina9210 2 years ago

It is so so beautiful!

NéliaLeonardo 2 years ago

so beautifull

AdamRiley 2 years ago

Hi friends thanks for the great comments and I am very proud that this image was selected as a spotting of the day. It really is a cute bird, they are fairly difficult to spot, but once found, Cuban Todies are quite relaxed and confiding, going about their business despite one's presence.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Another gem Adam! Congrats!

Camagüey, Cuba

Lat: 21.52, Long: -77.78

Spotted on Nov 30, 2009
Submitted on Nov 30, 2011

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