Tawny Frogmouth

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Habitat: Urban, Woodland


The Tawny Frogmouth can be seen in almost any habitat type except dense rainforests, alpine moors and treeless deserts.


Tawny Frogmouths are nocturnal (night-active) birds. During the day, they perch on tree branches, often low down, camouflaged as part of the tree.


The bulk of the Tawny Frogmouth’s diet is made up of nocturnal insects, worms, slugs and snails. Small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds are also eaten. Most food is obtained by pouncing to the ground from a tree or other elevated perch. Some prey items, such as moths, are caught in flight.


Tawny Frogmouths have a regular breeding season from August to January in temperate southern Australia, but birds in more arid areas may breed in response to heavy rains. Both sexes incubate the eggs. The male sits during the day, but both sexes share sitting at night. The nest is a loose platform of sticks, which is usually placed on a horizontal forked tree branch. Normally only one brood is raised in a season, but birds from the south may have two.