Dulit Frogmouth (Batrachostomus harterti)

The Dulit Frogmouth bird, scientifically known as Batrachostomus harterti, is a species of bird that belongs to the family of Podargidae. They are endemic to the island of Borneo and are primarily found in the rainforests of the Dulit range in Sarawak, Malaysia.

The Dulit Frogmouth bird is a medium-sized bird that measures about 25 cm in length. They have large, wide, and round heads, and their eyes are positioned forward, giving them excellent depth perception. They have broad, triangular-shaped wings and short, stocky legs that have well-developed toes, which make them excellent climbers.

The Dulit Frogmouth bird is predominantly brownish-grey with intricate patterns of dark and light streaks and splotches on their plumage that provide them with excellent camouflage against the forest floor. The plumages of male and female are almost identical, with males having elongated central tail feathers.

They are primarily nocturnal, and during the day, they roost on low branches or tree trunks near the forest floors, where their feather patterns and coloration make them difficult to spot. They remain motionless, converging their legs and opening their eyes slightly, resembling a dead twig. They are carnivorous and feed on insects like moths, beetles, and cockroaches, which they capture while in flight.

The Dulit Frogmouth bird is classified as a 'near-threatened' bird species as they face many threats from habitat loss, deforestation, and hunting. The destruction of their habitats for logging and agriculture has significantly reduced their population, putting them in danger. However, several conservation efforts are underway to protect these birds, including creating protected areas and reintroduction programs.

In summary, the Dulit Frogmouth bird is a unique bird that is endemic to Borneo, has a brownish-grey plumage with intricate patterns of dark and light streaks and is a nocturnal carnivore feeding mainly on insects. These birds are threatened due to habitat loss and deforestation, but conservation efforts will help ensure the preservation of this beautiful species.




Other names

Batrachostomus harterti

Podargidae

PODARGIFORMES

Dulit Frogmouth

podarg de Hartert

栗颊蛙口夜鹰

栗頰蟆口鴟

dulitska žabousta

lelkoun Hartertův

Dulitbladfrømund

Duifkikkerbek

borneonpöllökehrääjä

Podarge de Hartert

Bergschwalm

Bocca di rana del Dulit

サラワクガマグチヨタカ

Harterto varliažiotis

dulitfroskemunn

gębal oczkowany

boca-de-sapo-do-dulit

Лягушкорот Хартерта

Dulitova žabousta

žaboústka očkatá

Podargo del Dulit

dulitgrodmun

Dulit Kocaağzı

корнудо дулітський

sarawaki konnsuu

Hartlet-békaszájú

Paruh-kodok dulit