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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Easter egg bird

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Todies’ general shape and colorful plumage remind me of an Easter egg.

They are Caribbean birds in the forests of the Greater Antilles: Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Cuba, and the adjacent islands, Hispaniola, has two, the Narrow-billed Tody in the highlands and the Broad-billed Tody in the lowlands.

The Broad-billed Tody (Todus subulatus) has bright green plumage above, with a red throat and washed out yellow on the breast. Todies eat small prey insects like grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, bugs, butterflies, bees, wasps, and ants and they also eat lizards. They nest in tunnels, which they dig with their beaks and feet in steep bank or rotten tree trunks. 

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- Eurasian Jay http://goo.gl/TR5HM3
- Indian Robin like our robin in some ways http://goo.gl/3rqV2r
- Violet-backed Starlings http://goo.gl/sJTPIo

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