The duration of parental care in the Common Tody Flycatcher

Common Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum) Science Article 1


The nesting habits of the Common Tody Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum)are now well known. Skutch (1930,Auk 47:313-322;1960, Pacific Coast Avifauna 34: 475-489) published two detailed life histories of the race finitimum in Panama and Costa Rica, and I (Haverschmidt 1968, Birds of Surinam, Edinburgh, Oliver and Boyd, p. 326) gave a summary of the nesting habits of the nominate race in Surinam. My observations agree in all aspects with those of Skutch except as to clutch size, finitimum l ying 3, less often 2 eggs, while in Surinam all 21 nests I examined contained 2 eggs.

F. HAVERSCHMIDT, Auk: Vol. 95, No. 1

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