Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

The Tawny Frogmouth bird, also known as Podargus strigoides, is a native Australian bird species that belongs to the family of frogmouths. Being a nocturnal bird, it is active during the night and has a unique appearance that resembles a piece of bark.

Tawny Frogmouth birds are found throughout mainland Australia and Tasmania, but their population is declining due to habitat loss, climate change, and other anthropogenic factors. They are commonly found in forests, woodlands, and suburban areas, where they can camouflage themselves against the bark of the trees they live in.

Tawny Frogmouth birds are small to medium-sized birds, with a length of around 40cm and a wingspan of 60cm. They have a compact, broad head, and a very distinctive, hooked beak that is useful for catching insects. The coloration of their plumage varies from a light brownish-grey to darker brown, depending on the region in which they inhabit. Their eyes are large, and the iris is yellow, which reflects the light well and helps them to see in the dark.

They have a unique way of holding themselves on the tree branches, where they rest during the day, by sitting up very straight with their large eyes half-closed to blend in with the bark of the tree. At night, they become more active, and they use their keen senses of sight and hearing to hunt for insects.

The Tawny Frogmouth bird is known for its characteristic call, which is commonly heard at night. These birds produce a deep, monotonous 'ooom-ooom' sound, which is repeated every few seconds, and serves as a communication method between Tawny Frogmouth pairs.

What makes the Tawny Frogmouth bird unique is its clever adaptation to its surroundings, which allows it to blend in seamlessly with its environment. They have a particular talent for camouflaging themselves, which makes them difficult to spot. This bird is a true testament to how nature can produce wonderful creatures that are both fascinating and beautiful.

Other names

Podargus strigoides



Tawny Frogmouth

podarg australià



siva žabousta

lelkoun soví

Australsk Frømund



Podarge gris


Bocca di rana grigio


rudasis pelėdinis lėlys


paszczak australijski


Исполинский белоног

Smeđa žabousta

krátkonôžka sovia

Podargo australiano

australisk grodmun

Avustralya Kocaağzı

білоніг австралійський

austraalia konnkurk