Significance to humans

Despite their tameness and abundance in varied habitats, todies were never culturally significant beyond their role as an ecotourism draw. Locals bestowed many endearing names on them: their bank-nesting habits prompted the French perroquet de terre (parakeet of the earth), and the Spanish bar-rancoli, barranco-rio, and barranquero (from la barranca, the Spanish word for bank). Confusion with hummingbirds inspired the Spanish colibri (hummingbird) in Hispaniola. A common vernacular in Puerto Rico is papagayo (loud, noisy), and bird enthusiasts in Jamaica often use robin red-breast.

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