Tawny Frogmouth - Podargus strigoides

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Family: Podargidae (Australian Frogmouths, 3 species in Australia)
Size: M 48cm, F 34 cm
Distribution: All of Australia
Status: Common
Habitat: Woodlands
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Tawny Frogmouth is around a lot but not that often seen. It is noctural and sleeps in the day, with its body extended to look like a log. Its position, stillness and colouring combine to make it very hard to see.

They have a strange call, which is kind of creepy, that goes "oo oo oo oo oo oo...".

They are not owls although many people think that they are, because they fly at night and they eat small animals (like an owl), and they kind of look like and owl.

You can download Tawny Frogmouth Desktop Wallpaper of the second photo below. Click on the link in this paragraph and then right-click on the image and select "Set As Desktop Background...".

Alternatively, you can right click on the link above and then select "Save Image As", or "Save As", or "Save Link As..." (depending on what web browsing software you are using). Once you have saved the photo to your computer, click "Set As Desktop Background".

Tawny Frogmouth - Podargus strigoides
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2191 x 1867)

Tawny Frogmouth - Podargus strigoides
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2802 x 1899)

Tawny Frogmouth - Podargus strigoides
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe. Based on the above larger book. It's a while since I've seen this one. The publisher's commentary says that "This slimline, compact edition contains the same information on mainland and Tasmanian birds as his best-selling handbook, the Field Guide to Australian Birds. Features include plastic jacket, QuickFind system of colour tags and Quick Index ensure durability and ease of use in the field."

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Birdsong, Don Stap Birdsong, Don Stap. From the promotional material: "Following one of the world's experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha's Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean? We quickly discover that one question leads to another. Why does the chestnut-sided warbler sing one song before dawn and another after sunrise? Why does the brown thrasher have a repertoire of two thousand songs when the chipping sparrow has only one? And how is the hermit thrush able to sing a duet with itself, producing two sounds simultaneously to create its beautiful, flutelike melody?"

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to purchase from Wilderness Awareness School $24.00 USD (May not work)

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