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

The Tawny Frogmouth (34 to 53 cm) shows great variation in size throughout its large range, which covers the whole of Australia. Birds are larger in south-east than in north, and can be 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. In most regions this is the most commonly encountered...