Hodgson's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni)

Hodgson's Frogmouth is a fascinating bird that can be found in certain parts of South Asia. Named after British ornithologist Brian Hodgson, this bird is a member of the nightjar family and is predominantly active at night. They belong to the genus Batrachostomus, which translates to "frog mouth" in Greek, owing to their wide and short beak that is reminiscent of a frog's mouth.

Hodgson's Frogmouth is known for its incredible camouflage abilities. Their plumage is a mix of shades of brown and gray, with intricate patterns that blend seamlessly with the bark of trees. This adaptation allows them to remain concealed and almost invisible, making them very hard to spot in the wild.

These birds are found in dense deciduous and evergreen forests throughout Nepal, Bhutan, and parts of India. Their preferred habitat includes areas with large trees and shrubs where they can perch and remain hidden during the day. They are typically solitary birds, but during the breeding season, they may be found in pairs or small family groups.

Hodgson's Frogmouth feeds predominantly on insects and other small invertebrates, which they catch in mid-air by opening their beak wide and scooping them in. They have been observed to feed on moths, beetles, spiders, and even small lizards. Interestingly, their beak is not hinged like that of a typical bird, but is instead fused together. This unusual trait is thought to be an adaptation for catching prey in the dark, as it allows them to open their beak wider and with greater precision.

Despite their unique characteristics, Hodgson's Frogmouth is a relatively understudied species of bird. Information about their population size and range is limited, and they have been classified as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, with the increased destruction of forests in South Asia, their numbers are believed to be declining, and more research is needed to understand their ecology and conservation needs.




Other names

Batrachostomus hodgsoni

Podargidae

PODARGIFORMES

Hodgson's Frogmouth

podarg de Hodgson

黑顶蟆口鸱

黑頂蟆口鴟

dugorepa žabousta

lelkoun dlouhoocasý

Nordlig Bladfrømund

Hodgsons Kikkerbek

paljettipöllökehrääjä

Podarge de Hodgson

Langschwanzschwalm

Bocca di rana di Hodgson

メスボシガマグチヨタカ

ilgauodegis varliažiotis

burmafroskemunn

gębal długosterny

boca-de-sapo-indochinês

Длиннохвостый лягушкорот

Hodžsonova žabousta

žaboústka dlhochvostá

Podargo colilargo

hodgsongrodmun

Uzun Kuyruklu Kocaağız

корнудо довгохвостий

nõlva-konnsuu

Hodgson-békaszájú

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