The Tawny Frogmouth represents another avian species endemic to the country of Australia. Superficially, this animal also resembles an owl. However, there remain distinct differences between the Tawny Frogmouth and owls.
This species was first identified in 1801, by the British naturalist John Latham. They represent one of three known species of frogmouth native to Australia.
They have a carnivorous nature, and their principal prey consists of large quantities of small insects. This bird also preys on a wide variety of small mammals and reptiles.
They adapted quickly and well to human civilization, feeding on the small vermin often found near human habitations.
Tawny Frogmouth Physical Characteristics
The Tawny Frogmouth remains a rather large bird species, attaining a body length of as much as 21 in (53 cm). An average adult weighs as much as roughly 1.5 lb (0.7 kg) between feedings.
They have a stocky body shape, with comparatively short legs, and the wings grow rounded in shape. The Tawny Frogmouth has a wide beak that typically presents as olive gray or black in color. The tips of these bills possess a distinct hook shape at their end.
Their eyes develop large and dark yellow in color. The predominant color of their feathers appears to be various shades of gray, with black streaks scattered throughout.
Tawny Frogmouth Habitat and Distribution
The Tawny Frogmouth possesses a widespread distribution throughout most of the mainland regions of Australia. Exceptions to this would be the central Northern Territory, western Queensland, and much of the Nullabor Plain.
They show themselves to be a highly adaptable species. The Tawny Frogmouth usually appears in woodlands, forests, heathland areas, scrubland, and savannas. They do not live in areas of heavy rainforest, however.
This bird also appears to be quite common in the suburbs of many Australian cities. They often nest in large parks and even the trees of backyards.