Johnson’s tody-flycatcher

They are always on the move, exploring tree canopies and emitting distinctive calls that fill the forest with their cheerful presence

Nick Athanas

They are always on the move, exploring tree canopies and emitting distinctive calls that fill the forest with their cheerful presence

Population 1,500 – 7,000
≥50% suspected population decline over three generations

These delightful little birds are renowned for their vibrant colors, energetic nature, and unique hunting techniques. With their small, compact bodies and bright green plumage, they seamlessly blend into the lush foliage of their forest habitat. The males of the species further enhance their charm with a distinct red patch on their throats, adding a splash of color to their appearance.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Johnson’s tody-flycatcher is their distinctive hunting behavior. These agile birds are known for their “hovering” technique, where they suspend themselves in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings. This hovering allows them to closely inspect their prey, which primarily consists of insects such as beetles and flies. With their sharp beaks and precise strikes, they capture their prey with remarkable efficiency, showcasing their adaptability and ingenuity as hunters.

In addition to their unique hunting techniques, Johnson’s tody-flycatchers are also characterized by their energetic nature and constant movement. They are often observed darting among the tree canopies, exploring their surroundings in search of food. Their cheerful presence is further accentuated by their distinctive calls, which fill the forest with melodious sounds.

Despite their small size, Johnson’s tody-flycatchers play a significant role in their ecosystem. As insectivores, they help control insect populations, contributing to the ecological balance of their habitat. Furthermore, they serve as indicators of forest health, with their presence often reflecting the overall biodiversity and conservation status of the tropical forests they inhabit.

However, like many species of birds in the region, Johnson’s tody-flycatchers face threats to their survival, including habitat loss and fragmentation due to deforestation and human encroachment. Conservation efforts aimed at preserving their forest habitat are essential for ensuring the long-term survival of this charming avian species.

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No