Tawny Frogmouth

07th May 2017
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Podargus strigoides (35 to 50 cm, male larger)

A common local resident, the Tawny Frogmouth can sometimes be glimpsed at night in wooded roadsides and well-treed gardens pouncing on moths and other prey.

Roosts by day singly, in pairs or small family groups on tree branches, where it may adopt a pose resembling a dead stump. It usually has several customary roosting sites in an area, which it uses by turn.

The Tawny Frogmouth's call is a loud, reverberating “oom-oom-oom”. It has been known to nest in Nungurner gardens building a flimsy platform of sticks on a horizontal fork.

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