Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides

Type of Animal:

Forests, woodland, scrubland, suburban/urban areas, parks, gardens, savanna, heathland, forest margins, timbered rivercourses, areas w/ river gums & casuarinas, golf courses, temperate grassland, shrubland

Australia & Tasmania

Brownish-grayish but chestnut or rufous coloration mixed in not uncommon, big owl-like heads, frog-like mouth, large yellow eyes, stocky compact body, wide hooked bristly beak yellowish to olive gray in color

Spiders, slugs, worms, snails, centipedes, insects, small mammals, birds, frogs, reptiles, scorpions, millipedes

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos, aquariums, & wildlife centers

Monogamous pairs or solitary

Additional Info:

Male: Cock
Female: Hen
Young: Chick
Group: Pair

Male: 12.5 oz
Female: 10.5 oz
Young: 3.6 oz

1 month 

Life Span:
10-14 years in wild, 20-30 years in captivity

Male: 1.73 ft
Female: 1.12 ft

Body Length:
Male: 1.73 ft
Female: 1.12 ft

Tail Length:
8 in

Main predators of adults are foxes, dogs, cats, pythons, crocodilians, & monitor lizards. Ravens, butcherbirds, currawongs, falcons, owls, goshawks, large rodents, & snakes take chicks.
These birds are highly nocturnal.
They obtain prey by sitting & waiting & using camouflage. Camouflage also protects them from predators.
Pairs lay 1-3 eggs w/ male incubating during day & both parents incubating at night.
Sexually mature at a year old.
Hatchlings first open eyes at 10 days & start growing feathers at 20 days-fledge at around a month old & stay w/ parents for 1-6 months.
Make loud drumming noises during breeding season.
Has 2-3 ft wingspan.
Tend to be shy & secretive in the wild.
Highly beneficial due to habit of preying on invertebrates & rodents.
Kill prey w/ beaks & quickly fly back to tree due to being more vulnerable to predators on ground.
Usually breed from August-December.

Fun Fact(s):
When sensing danger, they erect head, close eyes, & freeze body creating impression of broken branch.
Highly adaptable-in hot weather, they can triple breathing rate & engorge blood vessels allowing more oxygen into body. In colder periods, can slow heartrate/metabolism by going into torpor.

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