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Tawny Frogmouth Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Podargus strigoides
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The tawny frogmouth can be found throughout Australia.

  • Status

    Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Tawny Frogmouth Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    The species makes its home in woodlands and forests.

  • Niche

    A nocturnal bird, the tawny frogmouth uses its large eyes and excellent hearing to hunt. The bird's gray plumage blends in among the branches of its home, helping it avoid detection by predators during the day.

  • Life History

    Tawny frogmouth breeding pairs typically return to the same nesting spot every year, expanding the platform of sticks that make up the nest. The female lays two-three eggs, and both parents participate in the incubation and care of their young.

  • Special Adaptations

    The tawny frogmouth's gray feathers help it blend in with the bark of its forested home.


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