Frogmouth - Tawny

The tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) is a nocturnal bird native to mainland Australia and Tasmania. Often mistaken for an owl, it has a large head and stocky build. Tawny frogmouths measure 34 to 53 cm in length, with males averaging 354 g and females 297 g. Wild tawny frogmouths live up to 14 years. They have rounded wings, short legs, and wide, heavy bills with distinctive bristle tufts. Their large, yellow eyes resemble those of owls but are not forward-facing. Tawny frogmouths come in three colour morphs: grey, chestnut, and rufous. Grey is the most common, with males having silver-grey upperparts and females showing more rufous mottling. A family of tawny frogmouths has been raising young each year at the bottom block of Bimbi Park since we arrived.

Likelihood to see them: Common

Where to see them: On the bottom Block.

Time: All day sleeping, active at night.