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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Description:

Brown hookbill bird with a frog-like gape. This one has long feathers that stick out between the eyes. "Males and females look alike and are 35–53 cm (14–21 in) long. This very bulky species can weigh up to 680 grams (1.5 lbs) and, in overweight zoo specimens, up to 1400 grams (3.1 lbs). This species thus reaches the highest weights known in the Caprimulgiformes order." - Wikipedia

Habitat:

San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This species is native to Australia.

Notes:

This species is commonly mistaken as an Owl. "The Tawny Frogmouth is almost exclusively insectivorous, feeding rarely on frogs and other small prey. They catch their prey with their beaks rather than with their talons, another way in which they are different from owls. Owls fly around at night hunting food, but Tawny Frogmouths generally remain sitting very still on a low perch, and wait for food to come to them. They catch prey with their beaks, and sometimes drop from their perch onto the prey on the ground. The bird's large eyes and excellent hearing aid nocturnal hunting" - Wikipedia

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4 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

What an unusual bird!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Hi Ava, we arrived about 10am and it was near the entrance in a green, roped off area where they show various animals. I have no idea where it's kept other times of the day.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Cool! Where, and at what time, was this animal encounter?

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow very interesting never seen one!

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 5, 2012

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