Tawny Frogmouth is silver-grey, slightly paler below, streaked and mottled with black and ramous. A second plumage phase also occurs, with birds being russet-red. The eye is yellow in both forms, and the wide, heavy bill is olivegrey to blackish. South-eastern birds are larger than birds from the north. Tawny Frogmouths are nocturnal birds (night birds).
Between 34-54cm in length
The bulk of the Tawny Frogmouth’s diet is made up of nocturnal insects, worms, slugs and snails. Small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds are also eaten.
The Tawny Frogmouth can be seen in almost any habitat type except the denser rainforests and treeless deserts.
The Tawny Frogmouth is found throughout Australia, including Tasmania.
Tawny Frogmouths have a regular breeding season from August to December. Both sexes incubate the eggs. The male sits during the day, but both sexes share sitting at night. The nest is a loose platform of sticks, which is usually placed on a horizontal forked tree branch. Normally only one brood is raised in a season, but birds from the south may have two.