One of the cutest birds in the world, this tiny gem, called the Cuban Tody, is one of only five species belonging to the family Todidae, which is endemic to the Caribbean. They are closely related to bee-eaters, kingfishers and rollers and are restricted to the four larger islands of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola). Although not uncommonly encountered whilst birding these tropical islands, these forest dwellers are always a treat to behold, and are often fabulously confiding, allowing up-close-and-personal views and great photographic opportunities. This image was taken at Cuevas de los Portales in western Cuba. The revolutionary Che Guevara spent over a month in these caves during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the park around the caves offers exceptional birding.
[note for ed: By Adam Riley, Managing Director, Rockjumper Birding Tours]