Posted by: atowhee | January 12, 2021


Here is one of the most popular birds in Australia, according to one survey…that is, popular among people, not among the moths it eats at night. Its common name is Tawny Frogmouth. Large males can be up to 20 inches long and weigh as much as 1.5 pounds. Wingspan can approach three feet–all their family member shave long, pointy wings and ared strong fliers, hunting insects in the air. Their near relatives include nightjars, oilbirds in Latin America. potoos, owlet-nightjars.

Here is what John Bullock wrote me when he sent this image: “This from my good friend in Australia. The bird was perched in his Plumeria tree. As you know, that would be a most unlikely place to spot this bird, as they, being masters of camouflage, are usually found perched in a flattened position on a horizontal branch in Paperbark trees, where they are almost impossible to spot.”

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