Common Tody Flycatcher

A cute little bird
Aug 20 2019

Common Tody Flycatcher

Common Tody Flycatcher
Todirostrum cinereum

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic: 8 subspecies


At Hotel de Campo we also offer to you birdwatching for free in our botanical garden. The Common Tody-flycatcher will be there.

This afternoon I took free time late in the afternoon. I sit in front of the lagoon around 5 pm, try to spot something unusual. Well, Tody gives me a nice moment.

This flycatcher is pretty common in our botanical garden, and even so, is a nice bird to picture. First of all, is always in movement, second, is a little bird, third, he likes to hide behind a leave.
So, have a good picture or video of him, is not always easy.

Today, I could see a few of them in a “barazón” over the lagoon. The “barazón” is a local tree that in this season make little fruit. You find this tree in flooded fields, close to rivers and in wet forest. This tree is very important habitat for many birds spices in Caño Negro.

I think it was an adult feeding a juvenile. See the video, and let me know what you think.

The Tody was jumping around with some insect, trying to stun the bug over a branch. Meanwhile, few other todies try to steal the moth.

common tody fly catcher with moth


Is usual to see Common tody-flycatcher in our botanical garden.

What to say about the Tody-Flycatcher that you can find in Caño Negro wetland in the botanical garden of Hotel de Campo?

According to the neotropical bird, The Common Tody-Flycatcher is a common and widespread species of secondary forest and forest edge. It is distributed from southern Mexico to the south to northeastern Argentina. But is absent from much of the Amazon Basin. Male Common Tody-Flycatchers have glossy black forecrowns, slate gray hindcrowns, olive upperparts, black wings, and bright yellow underparts. The iris usually is yellow. Common Tody-Flycatchers forage in pairs or small family groups in dense vegetation close to the ground or in the open mid-level canopy of trees. This little bird likes to catch prey by gleaning or in short forward and upward sallies, always catching prey with an audible snap. Like other species of tody-tyrant, the Common Tody-Flycatcher builds a hanging pouch-shaped nests 1 to 5 m off the ground made out of plant material and bound with spiderweb.

Even if is a very common bird, actually there is not so much information about habits, diet and foraging, etc.

Those few days were very rewarding with Trogons, both Slaty-tails, and Black-headed trogons. It was quite easy to see a few of them, inclusive in a couple. I also could spot both species fighting for territory.
Read the blog about Trogons.


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