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Books about Todies

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Todies. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Todidae

There are five species in this Caribbean family

Cuban Tody
Todus multicolor

Broad-billed Tody
Todus subulatus

Narrow-billed Tody
Todus angustirostris

Jamaican Tody
Todus todus

Puerto Rican Tody
Todus mexicanus


Birds Of The West Indies

Norman Arlott

Collins Field Guide

Harper Collins


"From Grand Bahama Island in the north to Grenada in the south, this is an identification guide to the birds of a popular tourist destination renowned for the variety and diversity of its birdlife. The West Indies include the Bahama Islands, the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico), and the Lesser Antilles (Anguilla, Nevis and St Kitts, Martinique, St Lucia, Barbados, Grenadines, St Vincent). It is a tropical avifaunal region which includes such species as the tiny bee hummingbird, parrots, honey-creepers and todies. Every species found in the area is illustrated in every plumage in which they can be seen in the wild. The accompanying text concentrates on the specific characteristics and appearance of each species that allow identification in the field, including voice and distribution maps."

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 6: Mousebirds to Hornbills

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal

Lynx Edicions


This volume covers mousebirds, trogons, kingfishers, todies, motmots, bee-eaters, rollers, ground-rollers, cuckoo-rollers, hoopoes, wood-hoopoes and hornbills.

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Comparative Study of Todies (Todidae), with Emphasis on the Puerto Rican Tody, Todus mexicanus

Angela K. Kepler

Nuttall Ornithological Club, 16


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Catalogue Of The Picariae In The Collection Of The British Museum

Coraciae continued and Halcyones (Leptosomatidae, Coraciidae, Meropidae, Alcedinidae, Momotidae, Todidae, and Coliidae)

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XVII

R. Bowdler Sharpe

17 colour plates: J.G. Keulemans (16), J. Smit (1)

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)


From the preface:

"The present Volume contains an account of the remaining families of the suborder Coraciae as understood by Seebohm, as well as of the Halcyones, Bucerotes, and Trogones. The numbers of the species of the nine families treated of, and of the specimens at present in the Collection, are as follows: Leptosomatidae, 2; Coraciidae, 25; Meropidae, 36; Alcedinidae, 183; Momotidae, 21; Todidae, 5; Coliidae, 10; Bucerotidae, 68; Trogonidae, 47. Of these 397 species, only 16 are wanting to the collection of the Museum, and more than one-fourth of them are represented by the types; but besides these there are 30 other typical specimens now considered identical with previously named species. In many cases the series of specimens is sufficiently complete to illustrate the whole geographical range of a species - a result chiefly due to the accession of the great faunistic collections referred to in the previous volumes, and also to numerous recent donations, of which those made by the Lords of the Admiralty, Dr. Jayakar, W. D. Gumming, Esq., and Captain Mochler Ferryman should be specially mentioned. The Tweeddale Collection contained nearly the whole of the materials described in Dr. 8harpe's Monograph of the Alcedinidae."
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On the Genus Todus

R. Bowdler Sharpe

Colour plate (Todus subulatus and Todus pilcherrimus): J.G. Keulemans

Ibis: Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 344-355


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"The discovery of an apparently new species of Todus is an event of some interest; and I am indebted to Mr. Henry Whitely, of Woolwich, for the specimen which first set me working on this genus. It is certainly the most beautiful species yet known, and apparently undescribed. The collection in which it came to England was said to have been sent direct from Jamaica; but, although the bulk of the birds were undoubtedly from that island, it may be doubted whether there is any corner so little explored as to produce a new Todus and the curious Phyllomanes iora, lately described by me from the same collection."
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Last updated December 2011