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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides


The general plumage of the Tawny Frogmouth is silver-grey, slightly paler below, streaked and mottled with black and rufous. A second plumage phase also occurs, with birds being russet-red. The eye is yellow in both forms, and the wide, heavy bill is olive-grey to blackish. South-eastern birds are larger than birds from the north. Tawny Frogmouths are nocturnal birds (night birds). During the day, they perch on tree branches, often low down, camouflaged as part of the tree.


The Tawny Frogmouth can be seen in almost any habitat type except the denser rainforests and treeless deserts

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BluberryLiLi 6 years ago

I love this bird. It has ostrich like features

C.Sydes 6 years ago

Great spot, they may be present in many habitat types but I doubt that they are seen that often.

ceherzog 6 years ago

Good shot of a strange bird!

2469, New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -29.37, Long: 153.27

Spotted on May 28, 2008
Submitted on Jan 27, 2012

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