Sumatran Frogmouth (Batrachostomus poliolophus)

The Sumatran Frogmouth bird is a unique bird species that is found in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a member of the Podargidae family, which consists of nocturnal birds that are known for their wide mouths, flat faces, and large eyes. These birds mainly feed on insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates that they capture while flying.

Sumatran Frogmouths are large birds that can grow up to 20 inches long. They have a distinct appearance that is characterized by their mottled brown and grey feathers that help them blend in with the tree bark in their habitat. Their large flat beaks are perfectly designed for catching prey while they glide slowly and silently through the air. Their large eyes are also notable, as they allow the Sumatran Frogmouth to see perfectly in low light conditions, which is essential for hunting at night.

These birds are known for their unusual breeding habits. The female Sumatran Frogmouth lays a single egg on a ledge or in the fork of a tree branch. The male then takes on the responsibility of incubating the egg and caring for the chick once it hatches. This unusual behavior is known as "male-only parental care" and is only seen in a few species of birds.

Unfortunately, the Sumatran Frogmouth is considered to be an endangered species. The destruction of their habitat due to deforestation is the primary reason for their declining population. Additionally, they are often hunted for their meat and feathers, which are used in traditional ceremonies and for decoration. Conservation efforts are currently underway to protect the remaining Sumatran Frogmouth populations and their habitat from further destruction.

In conclusion, the Sumatran Frogmouth is a remarkable bird with unique physical traits and unusual behavior. It is a species that is worth preserving as it plays a vital role in maintaining the biodiversity of the tropical rainforests of Sumatra.

Other names

Batrachostomus poliolophus



Sumatran Frogmouth

podarg cuacurt



kratkorepa žabousta

lelkoun krátkoocasý


Sumatraanse Kikkerbek


Podarge à tête grise


Bocca di rana codacorta


trumpauodegis varliažiotis


gębal krótkosterny


Сероголовый лягушкорот

Sumatranska žabousta

žaboústka krátkochvostá

Podargo colicorto


Sumatra Kocaağzı

корнудо суматранський


rövidfarkú békaszájú

Paruh-kodok kepala-pucat