noun (plural todies)
A small insectivorous Caribbean bird related to the motmots, with a large head, long bill, bright green upper parts, and a red throat.
- Family Todidae and genus Todus: five species
More example sentences
- Like motmots and todies, kingfishers often have brilliant plumage, are largely insectivorous, and nest in cavities that are often excavated in earthen banks.
- Oligocene fossils of todies and motmots from Wyoming and France, for example, indicate that the current ranges of these two groups are relictual.
- When compared with the BMR of other very small birds, the tody's energetic demands appear unremarkable.
late 18th century: from French todier, from Latin todus, the name of a small bird.
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