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n. pl. to·dies
Any of various small, mostly insectivorous birds of the genus Todus of the West Indies, having colorful, predominantly green plumage and a bright red throat.

[Probably from French todier, from New Latin Todus, genus name, from Latin *todus, assumed singular (used as the genus name for the todies by 18th-century naturalists) of plural todī, small birds of a certain kind.]


n, pl -dies
(Animals) any small bird of the family Todidae of the Caribbean, having a red-and-green plumage and long straight bill: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
[C18: from French todier, from Latin todus small bird]
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Noun1.tody - tiny insectivorous West Indian bird having red-and-green plumage and a long straight billtody - tiny insectivorous West Indian bird having red-and-green plumage and a long straight bill
coraciiform bird - chiefly short-legged arboreal nonpasserine birds that nest in holes
genus Todus, Todus - type genus of the Todidae
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2) Todies exhibited heterothermy; over a range of ambient temperatures ([T.
Todies range in mass from [sim]5 g to 7 g (Kepler 1972, this study).
It might be expected that, like other coraciiforms, todies would also roost either communally or in cavities.
Additionally, morphological and physiological measurements from populations of todies living in different habitats were compared to examine the possibility of adaptive thermoregulatory modifications in response to climate.
b]) were gathered from todies at several sites in Puerto Rico from 21 May through 30 July 1993, 1 October through 17 December 1994, and 1 June through 13 August 1995.
Adult todies were captured in mist nets between 1500 and 1730; sunset was at [sim]1720 in the winter and 1840 in the summer.
Only todies from the Luquillo site were used for the seasonal comparison of BMR and thermal conductance.
The oxygen consumption data available for some of the todies tested at a [T.
We estimated the BMRs of todies at the Luquillo site during both the breeding and nonbreeding seasons.
The slope of this line gives an estimate of thermal conductance, which is inversely related to the efficiency of insulation, The nonbreeding season conductance of todies was 0.