Tawny Frogmouth

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Tawny Frogmouth, Podargus strigoides, is a large bird ranging from 33cm to 50cm. The Tawny Frogmouth is grey/brown mottled or marbled plumage, with a wide flat hooked bill and spiky brow. Yellow eyes are often only seen through narrow slits. The Tawny Frogmouth will roost during the day on a broken branch, using its grey/brown plumage as an effective camouflage, looking like the bark of trees.

Feeding Habits

Feeds at night and will drop quickly from its perch to collect large insects, frogs, ground birds and small mammals.


August-December or after rain. The nest is a very flimsy structure built on a horizontal fork in trees. One-to-three eggs are laid. Males incubate during the day, then the female takes her turn at night.

Places to Look

  • Roosting during the day often close to the tree trunk
  • Singly or in small family groups in eucalypt forest and woodlands.


Human disturbance during nesting can easily displace the eggs or dislodge the young from the nest.


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

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