Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides

Common Name: Tawny Frogmouth

Scientific Name: Podargus strigoides


Distribution and habitat: Tawny Frogmouths are found all over Australia, including Tasmania. They live in most places, except thick rainforests and treeless deserts.

Feeding: The Tawny Frogmouth eats insects, worms, slugs, snails, frogs, reptiles, birds and small mammals. It sits on a branch or post and pounces on prey. It also catches insects in flight.

Breeding: Tawny Frogmouths breed from August to December. The nest is a loose platform of sticks on the horizontal fork of a tree branch.  The female lays 2 or 3 eggs. The chicks hatch after 28 – 30 days and leave the nest after 27 – 31 days.

Did you know? During the day, Tawny Frogmouths stand still and close their eyes to blend in with tree branches.


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