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  Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)





Tawny Frogmouth | Podargus strigoides photo
Tawny Frogmouth in bush land near Capalapa, Brisbane.

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Tawny Frogmouth | Podargus strigoides photo
Tawny Frogmouth at Fleay's fauna sanctuary, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Tawny Frogmouth | Podargus strigoides photo
Tawny Frogmouth

Photograph copyright: Nickolay Tilcheff. - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Tawny Frogmouth | Podargus strigoides photo
Tawny Frogmouth

Photograph copyright: Nickolay Tilcheff - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



TAWNY FROGMOUTH FACTS

Description
The Tawny Frogmouth is silver-grey, streaked and mottled with black and rusty-red. It is sometimes mistaken for an owl, but frogmouths are more closely related to nightjars.

Size
44cm

Habitat
most habitats except dense rainforests and treeless desert.

Food
insects, worms, slugs, snails, small mammals, reptiles, frogs, small birds

Breeding
The nest is a loose platform of sticks on a horizontal forked tree branch. Lays 2-3 eggs.

Range
throughout Australia, including Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Caprimulgiformes
Family:Podargidae
Genus:Podargus
Species:strigoides
Common Name:Tawny Frogmouth

Relatives in same Genus
  Marbled Frogmouth (P. ocellatus)
  Papuan Frogmouth (P. papuensis)