Frogmouths

Podargidae

These nocturnal birds rely on their cryptic plumage for camouflage against intruders. The widespread Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides is endemic. Both the Marbled Frogmouth P. ocellatus and the Papuan Frogmouth P. papuensis are also found in New Guinea.

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

What does it look like? Readily identified by generally silver-grey plumage, streaked and mottled with black and rufous, with large yellow eyes. Some birds may tend more russet-red instead of grey. Where does it live? It is found througout the whole of Australia. What are its habitats and habits?  In most regions this is the most commonly encountered nocturnal bird in Australia, normally s...