Tawny Frogmouth

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the Tawny Frogmouth
Podargus strigoides

Tawny Frogmouth
The Tawny Frogmouth is found throughout Australia.

It is nocturnal and has a distinctive "oom oom oom" call. It sounds a bit like a motor that won't start.

The Birds in Backyards website has some great details on the Tawny Frogmouth including its call.

It is a common misconception (which I for one had) that a Tawny Frogmouth is also called a Mopoke and makes the plaintive "mopoke" call at night.

In fact a Mopoke is a Southern Boobook Owl and it makes the call.

The brilliant Owl Pages web-site explains this.


the Tawny Frogmouth feathers
The marbled feathers of the Tawny Frogmouth show how it blends in with the trunk of trees and dappled light.

The Tawny Frogmouth is not an owl - being more closely related to a Kookaburra.

It is about 50cm from head to tail.

The male (as shown here) has greyer plumage; the female's is browner.


These photos were taken in Cheltenham in Sydney.