Family: Podargidae (Australian Frogmouths, 3 species in Australia)
Size: M 48cm, F 34 cm
Distribution: All of Australia
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Tawny Frogmouth is around a lot but not that often seen. It is noctural and sleeps in the day, with its body extended to look like a log. Its position, stillness and colouring combine to make it very hard to see.
They have a strange call, which is kind of creepy, that goes "oo oo oo oo oo oo...".
They are not owls although many people think that they are, because they fly at night and they eat small animals (like an owl), and they kind of look like and owl.
You can download Tawny Frogmouth Desktop Wallpaper of the second photo below. Click on the link in this paragraph and then right-click on the image and select "Set As Desktop Background...".
Alternatively, you can right click on the link above and then select "Save Image As", or "Save As", or "Save Link As..." (depending on what web browsing software you are using). Once you have saved the photo to your computer, click "Set As Desktop Background".
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2191 x 1867)
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2802 x 1899)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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NEW: Know Your Birds, by Louise Egerton.
Revised edition 3 July 2019. Paperback / softback, 176 pages. It has an orange cover. The original edition was 2005 and has a blue cover. Some of the book sellers listed here show the photo from the original/older blue cover edition, but the rest of the info (including the publication date and ISBN) are from the newer revised 2019 edition, so presumably that's the one you'll get.
This book has very high quality large photographs of the birds (as in actual photographs). Most of the photos take up a whole page for each bird photograph. "Know Your Birds" only has a selection of the most common birds, and not all the birds that are found in Australia. This makes it very good for beginners — since most of the field guides have all the birds — and it can be confusing looking at six almost identical species of birds, not knowing that five of them are rare and it's probably the common one that you're looking for. Which would be the only one listed in this book.
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