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Nocturnal BirdPodargus strigoides

Tawny Frogmouth at Wanniassa Hill

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Podargus strigoides at Wanniassa Hill - 1 Dec 2018
Podargus strigoides at Wanniassa Hill - 1 Dec 2018

Identification history

Nocturnal Bird Podargus strigoides 24 Dec 2018 natureguy
Nocturnal Bird Podargus strigoides 23 Dec 2018 YumiCallaway

Author's notes

Walking back from nature reserve after dark and saw it fly over us and perch on a dead branch. Took a blind photo before it flew off.

4 comments

   24 Dec 2018
What about a Boobook owl can you explain the difference?
   24 Dec 2018
It's a Tawny Frogmouth. Southern Boobooks are brown (Frogmouths are grey), Frogmouths have very light colouring on the front, wing pattern is different (a good example of wing pattern of a Boobook and Frogmouth respectively would be these: Nocturnal Bird Ninox boobook (Southern Boobook) on 3 Apr 2018 & Nocturnal Bird Podargus strigoides (Tawny Frogmouth) on 15 Dec 2018) and Frogmouths have a distinct posture and shape (eg. head, perching posture at night). After you see a lot of them, you'll be able to recognise Frogmouths without having to compare them to other species - they're quite unique. :)
   27 Dec 2018
Sorry i should have been more specific. I have both Boobooks and Frog mouths in the park near me and even though Boobooks are brown in the night light they look grey and have a similar stance..
   27 Dec 2018
Frogmouths have a distinct patterning of white on their feathers with the most noticeable one on the edge of the primary flight feathers. I have added another photo which I edited to have more light so it's easier to see the pattern and colour. I also had another observer with me who agrees this was a Frogmouth. This is most definitely a Tawny Frogmouth.

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Apus pacificus at Wanniassa Hill - 18 Jan 2019
Heteronympha merope at Wanniassa Hill - 30 Nov 2018
Eriococcus confusus at Wanniassa Hill - 30 Nov 2018
Indigofera australis subsp. australis at Wanniassa Hill - 22 Oct 2018
Castiarina scalaris at Wanniassa Hill - 26 Dec 2017
Paralucia pyrodiscus at Wanniassa Hill - 21 Dec 2017
Eucalyptus dives at Wanniassa Hill - 25 Jul 2017
Dianella revoluta var. revoluta at Wanniassa Hill - 19 Nov 2016
Heteromastix sp. (genus) at Wanniassa Hill - 19 Nov 2016
Plebs eburnus at Wanniassa Hill - 19 Nov 2016
Linum marginale at Wanniassa Hill - 19 Nov 2016
Pultenaea procumbens at Wanniassa Hill - 19 Nov 2016
Austrolestes analis at Wanniassa Hill - 19 Nov 2016
Araneinae (subfamily) at Wanniassa Hill - 19 Nov 2016
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) at Wanniassa Hill - 19 Nov 2016
Chrysolina quadrigemina at Wanniassa Hill - 29 Oct 2016
Philobota sp near arabella at Wanniassa Hill - 29 Oct 2016
Philobota lysizona at Wanniassa Hill - 29 Oct 2016
Daviesia mimosoides at Wanniassa Hill - 29 Oct 2016
Pultenaea procumbens at Wanniassa Hill - 29 Oct 2016
Eucalyptus melliodora at Wanniassa Hill - 29 Oct 2016
Glycine clandestina at Wanniassa Hill - 29 Oct 2016
Araneinae (subfamily) at Wanniassa Hill - 20 Oct 2016
Ninox boobook at Wanniassa Hill - 20 Oct 2016
Oudemansiella 'radicata group' at Wanniassa Hill - 7 Oct 2016
Clematis leptophylla at Wanniassa Hill - 4 Oct 2016
Daviesia mimosoides subsp. mimosoides at Wanniassa Hill - 4 Oct 2016
Acacia floribunda at Wanniassa Hill - 30 Jul 2016
Acacia ulicifolia at Wanniassa Hill - 30 Jul 2016
Entoloma at Wanniassa Hill - 30 Jul 2016
Hovea heterophylla at Wanniassa Hill - 30 Jul 2016
Acacia baileyana at Wanniassa Hill - 30 Jul 2016
Erigeron sp. at Wanniassa Hill - 28 Mar 2016
Lucia limbaria at Wanniassa Hill - 5 Mar 2016
Junonia villida at Wanniassa Hill - 21 Feb 2016
Heteronympha merope at Wanniassa Hill - 21 Feb 2016
Perginae sp. (subfamily) at Wanniassa Hill - 4 Jan 2016
Vanessa kershawi at Wanniassa Hill - 12 Dec 2015
Centaurium erythraea at Wanniassa Hill - 21 Nov 2015
Acacia baileyana at Wanniassa Hill - 5 Oct 2015
Acacia mearnsii at Wanniassa Hill - 5 Oct 2015
Indigofera australis subsp. australis at Wanniassa Hill - 3 Oct 2015
Vinca major at Wanniassa Hill - 3 Oct 2015
Wahlenbergia capillaris at Wanniassa Hill - 22 Feb 2015
Bursaria spinosa at Wanniassa Hill - 14 Jan 2015
Pyracantha angustifolia at Wanniassa Hill - 4 Jan 2015

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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