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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides


An Australian species of frogmouth, found throughout the Australian mainland, Tasmania and New Guinea. Quite often mistaken for an owl. Can grow between 35-53cm in length both males and females and as they are a bulky species they can weigh up to 680 grams. They make loud clacking noises with their beaks and emit a reverberating booming call. They hunt at night and roost on dead logs or tree branches during the day. They have excellent camouflage. The Tawny Frogmouth is almost completely insectivorous but on rare occasions has been known to feed on frogs and other small prey. The bird's large eyes and perfect hearing help with nocturnal hunting.


Almost any habitat, the tawny frogmouth can be found in habitats such as heath, forest, woodlands, urban and rural areas. It is unlikely to find a tawny frogmouth in treeless deserts and dense rainforests.

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48 Comments (1–25)

JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

My favorite!

DonnaBollenbach 8 years ago

So cool. Looks like he's smiling. Lot's of personality in that bird!

Dixie 8 years ago

OMG! Amazing photos! I don't know if it looks evil or just shocked!

GonçaloFerreira 8 years ago


silolight 8 years ago

Great photo

Tom15 8 years ago

Great shot and congatulations on NGSOW!!!


PaulBennett 8 years ago

Great Photo! :-)

PaulBennett 8 years ago

Fabulous Spotting!

geminigail 8 years ago

What a face!!!! Beautiful photo!

AmazonWorkshops 8 years ago

Congrats! It behaves in a very similar way to the Common Potoo of South America. Love that!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

What an amazing little creature! I can imagine how those eyes could be mistaken for an owl! So cute! Congratulations on National Geographic Spotting of the Week!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Great pics. Congrats on NGSOW.

Amazing capture Mikaela Richardson,congrats on the National Geographic spotting of the week and thanks for sharing

Arun 8 years ago

Congratulations !!

Biswajit De
Biswajit De 8 years ago

Congratulations! Nice Find!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago


Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Congrats Mikaela, that's such an honor!! Wow, this is one of the most amazing birds I have ever seen!! Totally awesome!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations Mikaela,

Mikaela Richardson
Mikaela Richardson 8 years ago

Stoked on my recognition, so happy. Thank you everyone! :)

AshleyT 8 years ago

Wonderful series, congrats!

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Wow! A huge congratulations Mikaela on your recognition. This is just wonderful :)

ShannaB 8 years ago

Congratulations Mikaela, and welcome to Project Noah!

WOW!! I knew it!!! It is an amazing bird and you spotted it. Congratulation on the National Geographic spotting of the week. Regards, Gilma

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Awesome spotting Congratulations!!

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 31, 2013
Submitted on Jan 31, 2013

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