Family: Podargidae (Australian Frogmouths, 3 species in Australia)
Size: M 48cm, F 34 cm
Distribution: All of Australia
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".
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2191 x 1867)
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2802 x 1899)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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