Puerto Rican Tody - Todus mexicanus
Easy to see, not so obliging for photographers… The gorgeous Puerto Rican Tody was a star performer, giving close-up views like this on half a dozen occasions The tiny tody is just 11cm (4.25 inches), but the adult's red throat and bright green head and back make it unmistakable. It is common and widespread from the coast to the inland mountains.
The Puerto Rican Tody is one of 17 endemic birds to be found on Puerto Rican. I managed to see 16 of them and heard the 17th - the elusive Puerto Rican Screech-owl - on three consecutive evenings, but a total of 6 birds failed to show themselves in the dense rainforest!
There are 5 species of tody, all in the Greater Antilles, and I have been fortunate to find the one on Cuba and the one on Jamaica. The other 2 species are both endemic to Hispaniola, so perhaps a trip to the Dominican Republic will beckon one day…
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