One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Torpor in the tody, and its association with season and sex, illustrates the unusual character of this tiny bird's thermoregulatory physiology.’
- ‘The occurrence of torpor varied with both season and sex: it was observed only in breeding season birds, and only female todies became torpid.’
- ‘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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