Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger)

The Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger) is a unique species of bird that can be found in the dense forests of Sri Lanka. This bird belongs to the nightjar family and is named for its large, gaping mouth and frog-like appearance.

This bird is relatively small, measuring only about 25 cm in length with a wingspan of approximately 45 cm. It has a grey-brown plumage with intricate patterns of black and white stripes. It also has large, expressive eyes that appear to be set in a permanent state of surprise.

Although the Sri Lanka Frogmouth is primarily a nocturnal bird, it can be seen roosting during the day in the thick foliage of trees. During the night, it actively hunts for insects, spiders, and other small prey. It is a generally solitary bird, and individuals are known to remain in a single territory throughout their lives.

One of the most prominent features of the Sri Lanka Frogmouth is its unique call, which is a low, resonant 'ooh-ohh' that is used as a territorial signal. This call is often heard during the breeding season, which occurs from December to March.

Unfortunately, the Sri Lanka Frogmouth is at risk due to habitat destruction, deforestation, and human encroachment. However, conservation efforts are underway to protect this unique bird and its habitat.

In conclusion, the Sri Lanka Frogmouth is a fascinating bird that is known for its unusual appearance and behavior. It is an important indicator of the health and diversity of Sri Lanka's forests and should be protected for future generations to enjoy.

Other names

Batrachostomus moniliger



Sri Lanka Frogmouth

podarg de Sri Lanka



cejlonska žabousta

lelkoun srílanský

Grårygget Bladfrømund



Podarge de Ceylan


Bocca di rana di Sri Lanka


šrilankinis varliažiotis


gębal cejloński


Цейлонский лягушкорот

Žabousta sa Šri Lanke

žaboústka malá

Podargo de Ceilán


Seylan Kocaağzı

корнудо цейлонський

tseiloni konnsuu

Srí Lankai békaszájú