Tiny Cuban tody is one of Cuba's many avian treasures

April 29, 2015, 1:32 p.m.

In Cuba, the Cuban tody may be considered common, but to the rest of the world it is one of the unique and uncommon birds found only in Cuba and adjacent Caribbean islands.

This dainty bird grows only to about 4.3 inches long, and sports bright coloration with vivid green head and back, pink sides, a red throat, yellow lores, and blue ear patches along with a bill that is black on top and red on the bottom. So much color seems perfectly suited to a tropical home, and this species is only one of the incredible bird species endemic to Cuba.

Birdwatching Daily writes, "Cuba is home to at least 21 bird species found no place else in the world — the vireo and woodpeckers among them. Some are particularly special. The Zapata Sparrow is the only sparrow endemic to the West Indies. The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird on the planet. Nine endemic species are endangered or vulnerable. In addition, a dozen or so endemic subspecies have the potential for full species status. This high level of endemism alone signifies Cuba as a globally important place for birds."

Birds aren't the only wild treasures Cuba holds. The island is one of amazing biodiversity and endemic species.

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