Tawny frogmouth in exhibit

Tawny Frogmouth

Scientific Name
Podargus strigoides
Woodlands and forests
Estimated Wild Population
Tawny frogmouth in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

Did You Know?

Tawny frogmouths were named for their large mouth.

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

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