Tawny Frogmouth

Posted by Mervyn 22/03/2018 0 Comment(s)

'DID YOU KNOW THAT' the Tawny Frogmouth is a species of frogmouth native to Australia, found throughout the Australian mainland and Tasmania. They are big headed stocky birds often mistaken for owls due to their nocturnal habits and similar colouring. They can be found in almost any habitat type including forests and woodlands, scrub and heathland vegetation and savannahs. They are seen in large numbers in areas that are populated with many river gums and casuarinas and can be found along river courses, if these areas are timbered. Tawny Frogmouths are common in suburbs, having adapted to human presence. They have been reported nesting in parks and gardens with trees. Tawny Frogmouths are large, big headed birds that can measure from 34 to 53 cm (13 to 21 in) long and weights have been recorded of up to 680 g (1.50 lb). Tawny Frogmouths are carnivorous and are considered to be among Australia's most effective pest control birds, as their diet consists largely of species regarded as vermin or pests in houses, farms and gardens. The bulk of their diet is composed of large nocturnal insects such as moths, as well as spiders, worms, slugs and snails, but also includes a variety of bugs, beetles, wasps, ants, centipedes, millipedes and scorpions.  (Emkay Image reference: - TB32T)

 

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