What do they look like? The Tawny Frogmouth is a silver-grey colour with a slightly paler underbelly which is streaked and mottled with black and rufous. A second plumage phase occurs, with birds showing a russet-red colour. The eye is yellow in both forms, and the wide, heavy bill is olive-grey to blackish. The body length ranges from 35 – 50 cm, with south-eastern birds being larger than birds from the north.
Where do they live? The Tawny Frogmouth is a master of deception and looks just like a bunch of dry leaves, bark and twigs. The Tawny Frogmouth is found throughout Australia. It can be found in any habitat type except the denser rainforests and treeless deserts. During the day the Tawny Frogmouth perches on a tree branch, often low down, camouflaged as part of the tree.
What do they eat? ? The Tawny Frogmouth’s diet is made up of nocturnal insects including worms, slugs and snails. They also enjoy eating small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds. They watch their prey from a height and then pounce at an opportune time. Other items of prey such as moths are caught in flight and this can be dangerous for the birds as they risk being hit by cars while chasing insects in the beam of the headlights.
Behaviour: Being a nocturnal creature, the Tawny Frogmouth has an owl-like appearance and is often confused with owls, but they are actually more closely related to the nightjars. Their feet are weak though and lack the curved talons of owls and raptors.
Reproduction: Being a nocturnal creature, the Tawny Frogmouth has an owl-like appearance and is often confused with owls, but they are actually more closely related to the nightjars. Their feet are weak though and lack the curved talons of owls and raptors.
Threats:Because the Tawny Frogmouth is a hollow-nesting bird, numbers have declined in some areas due to the clearing of native vegetation, the loss of hollows and the impact of introduced predators.
Conservation Status: Secure.