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Tawny frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Tawny frogmouth

The tawny frogmouth is native to Australia and Tasmania. Due to the secretive nocturnal habits of the Tawny frogmouth, little is known of them.

While perched on trees throughout the day they blend in very well with the branches due to the colour of their feathers. The tawny frogmouth gets its unusual name from its rather large beak that when open looks like the mouth of a frog. It can catch and successfully swallow a lot of its small prey whole.

Animal class


Diet - Carnivore
These birds eat insects, worms, slugs, snails and occasionally mice and small reptiles.

The tawny frogmouth can be up to 53 centimetres from head to tail.

Tawny frogmouths are found in any habitat of Australia, except treeless deserts and denser rainforests.

The IUCN does not think that the tawny frogmouth is facing extinction.

The biggest threat for tawny frogmouths is collisions with cars, when they are hunting their prey. Their prey tends to be insects which are stuck to car headlights.

Current population
The exact number of tawny frogmouths in the wild is unknown. We do, however, know that their population is declining and has been for the past 10 years.

Zoo population
There are 260 tawny frogmouths in zoos across the world.