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 nocturnal bird in Australia, normally seen sitting on an exposed perch waiting to grab a moth as it flies past during the night or sitting motionless during the day, camouflaged as a dead tree branch.

Scientific name: Podargus strigoides