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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides


The Tawny Frogmouth has a silver-grey general plumage that is streaked and mottled in black and rufous. Growing to between 33 and 55 cm, both males and females look similar. Distinctive features include yellow eyes, a heavy bill and a feathery fringe above the bill.


Commonly found throughout Australia (including Tasmania), the Tawny Frogmouth inhabits most habitat types excluding dense forest and treeless desert.


Commonly mistaken for owls, the non-raptorial Tawny Frogmouth is more closely related to nightjars. An insectivore, the Tawny Frogmouth is a sit-and-wait predator, catching it's prey with it's beak rather than feet. Calls are a soft, deep, continuous "oom-oom" changing to a "grrr-grrr" sound when threatened.

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alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Cool! Good information, Thanks!

Tara 11 years ago


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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 2, 2010
Submitted on Aug 15, 2011

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