Narrow-billed Tody / Todus angustirostris

Narrow-billed Tody / Todus angustirostris

Narrow-billed Tody

SCI Name:  Todus angustirostris
Protonym:  Todus angustirostris Rev.Mag.Zool. (2), 3 p.478
Taxonomy:  Coraciiformes / Todidae /
Taxonomy Code:  nabtod1
Type Locality:  Hispaniola.
Publish Year:  1851
IUCN Status:  


(Todidae; Ϯ Jamaican Tody T. todus) L. todus  small bird mentioned by Plautus and Festus, not further identified, but linked with the Robin Erithacus, Redstart Phoenicurus and similar small birds by subsequent authors.  The todies comprise one of the few families endemic to the West Indies.  In ornithology the genus name is used in combination to distinguish species or groups with flattened, up-turned tody-like bills; "Rostrum mediocre, rectum, latum, tenuiculum, supra infraque planatum, grypanium, lateribus subparallelis, in apicem acutum rotundatis, tomiis maxillaribus pone apicem utrinque emarginatis. Angulus mentalis rotundatus latus" (Illiger 1811); "Todus. Genus 59.  ...  Le genre du Todier. (1).  ...  Le bec droit, assez long, applati horizontalement & obtus.  ...  (1) Todier, nom formé du nom latin Todus, que Browne a donné à la premiere espece de ce genre" (Brisson 1760): based on "Rubecula viridis" of Sloane 1725, "Sylvia gula phœnicea" of Klein 1750, "Green Sparrow" of Edwards 1751, and ""Todus viridis" or "Tom-Tit" of Browne 1756; "Todus Brisson, Orn., 1, 1760, p. 44; 4, p. 528. Type, by tautonymy, Alcedo todus Linné." (Peters 1945, V, 220). 
Var. Todos.
● (?syn. Megarynchus) "Todus Bonn. 1790 (nec Lin. 1766)." is listed in the synonymy of Muscivora in Cabanis & Heine, 1859, Mus. Heineanum, II, p. 65. I have yet to verify or confirm the citation and diagnosis.

L. todus  small bird mentioned by Plautus and Festus, not further identified, but linked with the robin Erithacus or the redstart Phoenicurus by subsequent authors; probably given to the Jamaican Tody because of its small size and robin-like red throat (“Tody  ... The name first given it by Dr Brown, I suppose, from Todi, small birds” (Pennant 1773)); "56. ALCEDO.  ...  Todus.  4. A. brachyura viridis, gula sanguinea, abdomine albo.  Rubecula viridis elegantissima. Edw. av. 121. t. 121. f. 1. Sloan. jam. 2. p. 306. t. 263. f. 1. Raj. av. 187.  Todus viridis, pectore rubro, rostro recto. Brown. jam. 476.  Habitat in America.  Genus dubium & quasi medium inter Alcedinem & Trochilum." (Linnaeus 1758) (Todus).

L. angustus  narrow; -rostris  -billed  < rostrum  beak.
● ex “Trepadore comun” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 242 (Lepidocolaptes).