The tody is endemic to Cuba and its adjacent islands. On the Cuban mainland, it nests in burrows excavated into vertical banks and rotten logs; on Cayo Coco, it excavates burrows in the sand.
“It is a very curious and colorful little bird that followed us around, perching often just above us to see what we were up to,” says Breakiron-Evans. She used a Nikon D7000 and an 80-400mm.
Contributing Editor Julie Craves explains that trade restrictions have left a 44,000-square-mile gap in our knowledge of the birds that spend their winters in Cuba — including many we call “ours.”
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