Podargus strigoides


The Tawny Frogmouth is silver-grey, slightly paler below, streaked and mottled with black and brown. A second plumage phase also occurs, with birds being russet-red. The eye is yellow in both forms, and the wide, beak is olive-grey to blackish. South-eastern birds are larger than birds from the north. Tawny Frogmouths are nocturnal birds (night birds).


The Tawny Frogmouth is found throughout Australia, including Tasmania.

Oakvale Distribution Maps Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth Distribution Map


The Tawny Frogmouth can live up to 14 years in the wild.


34 - 54cms in length and 200-650g in weight.


The bulk of the Tawny Frogmouth’s diet is made up of 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.


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.

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