Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus)

The Marbled Frogmouth bird is a unique and fascinating species found in the dense forests and woodlands of Australia and Papua New Guinea. It belongs to the family of nightjars and is known for its peculiar appearance and behavior.

The Marbled Frogmouth bird is a medium-sized bird, with a plump and round body, and a relatively large head. It measures about 33 cm in length, and its wingspan can reach up to 60 cm. The bird's most distinctive feature is its facial disc. The disc is marbled with brown and white feathers, which blend perfectly with its surroundings, making it difficult to spot. The bird's eyes are large and forward-facing, allowing it to have excellent binocular vision, a useful characteristic for hunting prey.

One of the Marbled Frogmouth bird's most unique features is its feeding behavior, which mainly occurs at night. The bird feeds on insects, small rodents, and other small prey. It perches on a tree branch and waits patiently for its prey to approach. Once the prey is within striking distance, the bird opens its wide beak and snaps the prey with lightning speed.

The Marbled Frogmouth bird is monogamous, and both sexes share parenting duties. The birds usually breed from September to December. During this period, the male and female Marbled Frogmouth birds work together to construct a nest made of leaves and twigs. The nest is shaped like a shallow bowl and is usually built in a tree fork or a horizontal branch.

The Marbled Frogmouth bird is considered a species of least concern by the IUCN. However, habitat loss due to deforestation and fragmentation is the main threat to its population. The bird's unique appearance and behavior make it a popular attraction among birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

In conclusion, the Marbled Frogmouth bird is a remarkable species that stands out for its peculiar appearance and behavior. Despite facing habitat loss, the bird's population is fortunately still stable. With proper conservation efforts, this unique bird species will continue to thrive in its natural habitat.

Other names

Podargus ocellatus



Marbled Frogmouth

podarg ocel·lat



smeđa žabousta

lelkoun mramorovaný

Hvidbrynet Frømund

Gemarmerde Uilnachtzwaluw


Podarge ocellé


Bocca di rana marmorizzato


marmurinis pelėdinis lėlys


paszczak marmurkowy


Мраморный белоног

Mramorasta žabousta

krátkonôžka dlhochvostá

Podargo ocelado


Yazılı Kocaağız

білоніг новогвінейський


márványos bagolyfecske

Paruh-kodok pualam