Tawny Frogmouth - the cutiest of faces


The Tawny Frogmouth is often called an owl by mistake. Although they are related to owls, there are many differences, the most notable is the positioning of their eyes on the sides of their heads compared to an owl's forward facing eyes.

Tawny frogmouths are large birds, measuring up to 55cm, with large heads and silvery grey/brown plumage which camouflages very well with trees. They are mostly nocturnal, and by day can be almost invisible while immobile on tree branches, where they nest. This is another difference to owls who tend to roost in foliage and tree hollows.

While owls have strong legs and powerful talons for catching prey, frogmouths have fairly weak feet and prefer to use their beaks to catch the insects, small mammals, reptiles and frogs that form their main diet.

Tawny frogmouths are found throughout most of the Australian mainland except far western Queensland, the central Northern Territory, and most of the Nullarbor Plain. In Tasmania, they are common throughout the northern and eastern parts of the state.

Tawny frogmouths mate for life and pairs will usually stay in the same territory for a decade or more.

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