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Tawny Frogmouth - BirdForum Opus

This bird demonstrate the elongated posture a frogmouth uses to imitate a branch if disturbed during the day
Subspecies P.s. phalaenoides
Photo © by tcollins
Location: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies P.s. brachypterus
Photo © by peterday
Location: Kaiserstuhl CP, South Australia,
August 2014
Podargus strigoides


35–50 cm long. Yellow eyes and a wide olive grey to black beak topped with a tuft of bristly feathers. Silver-grey above, paler below, streaked and mottled with black and rufous. The subspecies varies widely in size. In subspecies P. phalaenoides, some females are rufous instead of grey.


Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea.


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • P.s. phalaenoides:
  • P.s. brachypterus:
  • Mainland Australia (west of Great Dividing Range)
  • P.s. strigoides:
  • Australia (east of Great Dividing Range) and Tasmania


Photo by Ken Boxsell
Location: Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Forest and scrubs, to parks and gardens


They remain sitting very still on a low perch, and wait for food to come to them. The diet includes rats, mice, cicadas, beetles, and frogs caught with their beaks.

They build a loose, untidy platforms of sticks, lined with green leaves, which they use each year. 2-3 eggs are laid. Both parents incubate the eggs for about 30 days (the males during the day), and both parents feed the chicks. The young fledge after about 25 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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