Tawny Frogmouth
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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides
'I am not an owl' 'I am not an owl'
Fantastic camouflage Fantastic camouflage
Silent hunters Silent hunters

The tawny frogmouth is actually not an owl, but is instead a distant relative. Its extraordinary camouflage resembles a broken branch, when at rest during the day. When under threat it reacts with a frightening snap of its yellow-mouthed bill. It is nocturnal and feeds on large insects, spiders and mice.
 
I am not an owl!
Though often mistaken for an owl, the Tawny Frogmouth belongs to the Nightjar family. 
 
Clever camouflage
The Tawny Frogmouth displays excellent camouflage. Helped by the colours of its feathers,
these birds stay perfectly still, with their heads tilted upright, making them hard to distinguish from the tree. 
 
The waiting game
Tawny Frogmouths remain silent and still while waiting for their prey to come to them, rather than seeking out their food. Once their prey is in sight, Tawny Frogmouths pounce down from their tree branch. Prey include insects, frogs and other small animals. 
 
 
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