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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides


Males and females look alike and are up to 50 cm long. It can weigh up to 680 grams. They have yellow eyes and a wide beak topped with a tuft of bristly feathers.They make loud clacking sounds with their beaks when aggressive and can emit a reverberating booming call.


relatively common throughout the Australian Mainland, found in a variety of habitats and even urban environments. this one was seen in a rural property in Southern NSW


Frogmouths are Nightjars, not owls.

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valentinezza 8 years ago

It's really funny! :)

Steve A
Steve A 9 years ago

Thanks strang-oceanography14 (I think). Could someone translate for me please as I'm hopeless with language and Google tells me that is "Damn Son!" which seems a bit strange!

اللعنة الابن !

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

My, what a startled bird!

KarenL 10 years ago


Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago

Love this picture

geminigail 10 years ago

Great shot!

Sa 10 years ago

Never seen anything like that, it's expression :-) great job!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago


AnnieJoyGuilaran 10 years ago

now that i look at it closely it does look funny. the shot is great though.

Steve A
Steve A 10 years ago

@Nadi - glad you liked it! This was a juvenile Tawny putting on its "scary face". It did this every day when I went in to feed it! (It is now back in the wild).

Nadi88 10 years ago

OMG! I had to laugh so loudly and right now it`s midnight, hope my neighbours are still slepping :)

Tweact 10 years ago

'smile', you're on camera

SusanEllison 10 years ago

awesome shot mate!

RustySessions 10 years ago

Cool shot! Great birds!

peter 10 years ago

Spotting of the day!

"Tawny frogmouths have wide, frog-like mouths to capture insects and which can also be used as effective camouflage."!/projectnoah/status...

iamcherreymaiya 10 years ago

he looked scary at the same time hilarious..

Steve A
Steve A 10 years ago

Hilarious? This was Tawny's aggression display, it was meant to be terrifying.

Carolina 10 years ago

Haha, that was the first thing that came out of my mouth, lori.tas, hilarious!

Thurd13 10 years ago

great photo!

Bruno 10 years ago

amazing photo!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Fantastic shot Steve!

lori.tas 10 years ago


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Spotted on Dec 15, 2009
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