Tawny Frog Mouth

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Tawny Frog Mouth
Scientific name: Podargus strigoides


•    Frogmouths get their name from their wide, frog-like mouths.

•    Tawny frogmouths prey on creeping crawling things such as beetles, centipedes, scorpions, and caterpillars and occasionally mice. This ground feeder watches quietly from a convenient stump or branch until it spies its quarry and then flutters down on it.

•    Both sexes incubate the eggs. The male sits during the day, but both sexes share sitting at night. The nest is a loose platform of sticks, which is usually placed on a horizontal forked tree branch. Normally only one brood is raised in a season, but birds from the south may have two.

•    Breeding Season: August to December. Clutch size: 2-3.

•    Because they look like owls and are active at night, they are often thought of as owls. However their feet are weak, lacking the curved talons which owls use to catch prey.

•    If a frogmouth is disturbed, it may adopt a threatening pose, fluffing out its feathers, showing its wide orange eyes and opening its beak in a wide froglike gape to reveal its yellow throat, hoping to appear intimidating.

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