Podargus strigoides

The Tawny Frogmouth is nocturnal and related to the nightjar.  The eyes are yellow and they have a wide beak. They are 35 to 50 centimetres in length with a silvery grey appearance the feathers are mottled with dark colouring useful for camouflage in the forests.
The Tawny Frogmouth likes to live in  gum forests, where in the daytime It perches on a tree branch  and sits  very still, when disturbed it tries to look it is a part of the tree.
The Tawny Frogmouth is a nocturnal bird so feeds at night where it pounces from a tree and on to the ground for worms, insects, mice, frogs, snails even some small reptiles. Flying insects such as moths are caught while in flight at night.
The nest is made in the fork of a tree using sticks to make a platform where 2-3 eggs are laid, after 30 days the eggs hatch and the chicks are ready to leave the nest after both parents have tended them for about 25 days.
As with all animals that eat insects we must be careful when using insecticide as it can kill the animals that eat the poisoned insects.
They can often be seen sitting in the middle of the road at night, this can be very dangerous as they are very slow to take flight, so are often hit by cars.

Insect spray, snail bait, rat and mouse poison, sprays we use in our garden , all have a detrimental effect on whatever feeds on the insects that have been affected, so be conscoius of where and when you use these things and remember birds such as the Tawny Frogmouth is a natural predator to most of the pests we try to control, lets make sure we allow this bird to thrive in our gardens, and create a natural balance.

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All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.