Tawny Frogmouth

STATUSLeast Concern

COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

DIETInsectivorous: Large insects (grasshoppers, beetles, etc.) and small vertebrates such as frogs, lizards, and small rodents

RANGEAustralia

HABITATOpen forests of eucalyptus trees, groves along rivers, woodlands

Tawny Frogmouth

These nocturnal birds have cryptic, drab-colored plumage and they roost themselves vertically in a tree with their bills to the sky during the day, giving them the ability to camouflage to look like a broken branch!

In order to protect and defend their chicks, a male tawny frogmouth will ruffle up his plumage, as well as hiss and snap his impressive bill at a potential predator.

Unlike owls, tawny frogmouths have short, weak legs and feet, so they hunt prey by scanning the ground from low perches in their territory. Once located, they glide down and pounce on it, snapping it up in their powerful bills, and return to the same perch to eat it. They have a wingspan of 18-24 inches.