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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides


Tawny Frogmouths are Australian native birds and are related to the Nightjar family. They are not raptorial birds, and are therefore not owls. Found this fellow perched on a wooden gate, situated outside a mower repair workshop, adjacent to a car park. No amount of noisy lawn mowers blowing smoke, nor cars, nor people, seemed to phase this guy. Detailed information on the species can be found at one of my most popular spottings -


This fellow was spotted in a commercial area adjacent to a busy main road.


Frogmouths will usually roost in trees, but I've also seen them roosting on many man-made structures including patio railings, the top of a door and a ceiling fan (inside a house), rooftop ventilation pipes, roof gutter downpipes, and chain wire fencing. Now also on a wooden gate. PS: The first spotting using my new camera.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

My pleasure, Gilma, and thanks, Yasser. One of my favourite birds. Very unique, and always a crowd-pleaser :-)

Gorgeous bird, Neil Ross. Thank you for sharing pictures of this amazing bird.

Yasser 6 years ago

So awesome!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Frogmouths are amazing birds. Still learning the new camera.

beaker98 6 years ago

Wow! What a great spotting! Very interesting bird Neil. Looks like the new camera is treating you right:)

MrsPbio 6 years ago


Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Thanks folks. Sigg, the upright posture is what is known as 'stumping', and when they're in a tree, particularly certain types of eucalypts, they just disappear. A wooden fence doesn't quite cut it, although he sat here quite happily all day.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

Congrats on your new Cam Neil..... awesome spotting .... frogmouths are one of my dreams....

Nice photo! What an unusual bird. I can see how it is related to the Nightjar family.

SG in CR
SG in CR 6 years ago

Nice spotting, I imagine that they're nearly impossible to spot when perched on a branch.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Thanks, Jae. They are very unique creatures.

Jae 6 years ago

Wow awesome bird! Great spotting, Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Nah. He looks pretty wooden, but the moving eye and gaping mouth kinda gave him away.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Did you carve that?

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 27, 2014
Submitted on Aug 27, 2014

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