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


The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight. This is the other of the two best bird field guides for Australia. It is the one preferred by many serious birdwatchers. However I find the pictures a bit dull looking for my taste — the birds all kind of look the same to me, making it harder to remember them in my mind. The illustrations are meant to be the most anatomically correct, though. The text descriptions are better than in Simpson and Day. If you want the most serious bird field guide get this one otherwise get Simpson and Day.

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Dymocks)

Click here to purchase 9th ed. from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to preorder the 9th ed. from Amazon


Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater. This is a smaller field guide, and its advantage is it is easy to carry around. Its size is 21.3 x 11.4 x 2.8 centimetres, or 8.4 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches in the old scale. So it is a good one to get if you want to have your field guide with you out in the field. Unlike most of the field guides it also has illustrations of the eggs of all the birds that breed in Australia. It has very good reviews on Amazon.

Click here to Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $28.45 AUD (May be unavailable)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) May be expensive.

Click here to purchase from Amazon

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