Tawny frogmouth in exhibit

Tawny Frogmouth

Scientific Name

Podargus strigoides

Class

Aves

Order

Caprimulgiformes

Range

Australia

Habitat

Woodlands and forests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Tawny frogmouth in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Tawny frogmouths have gray plumage with occasional black streaks, which allow them to blend into the branches and avoid detection by predators. Nocturnal birds, they use their large, bright yellow eyes and excellent hearing to hunt. Breeding pairs typically return and add to the same nest each year.

Interesting Fact 1

Tawny frogmouths were named for their large mouth.

Interesting Fact 2

Often mistaken for owls, these birds are actually members of the nightjar family.

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