Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides 


Quick Facts
12 to 21 inches
3/4 pound to 1 pound
Wild diet: Small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects; these birds receive the majority of the hydration from their diet and from the rains
Zoo Diet: Pinkies, crickets, and mealworms
Distribution: Throughout Australia and Tasmania
Habitat: Forests, woodlands, eucalyptus groves, farmland, and residential or urban parks and gardens

Tawny frogmouths have mottled gray, black, white, and silver plumage that is often streaked with varying shades of brown. Their tail is usually darker-colored but they have a paler breast and underside. They have a gray, heart-shaped and sharply hooked bill with a huge, wide mouth. Around this bill and mouth are several whiskerlike feathers. They also have gray legs and feet that are quite short, small, and weak. Their eyes are very large and perfectly round; the gold iris is encircled with a ring of orange-brown and the pupil is coal black. They have an 18- to 24-inch wingspan but are considered the weakest fliers of their order.

Status in the Wild

Tawny frogmouths are common within their range and have a stable population. However, poisons, insecticides, cars, and introduced predators such as house cats are common threats to this species.

Conservation Programs

Listed as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).
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