Fiji Birds: Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth scaled

Frogmouths inhabit the forests of Fiji, and they are intriguing nocturnal birds known for their unique adaptations and camouflage, exhibiting distinctive behaviors and characteristics.

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Fun Fact 1: Frogmouths are nocturnal birds known for their unique camouflage and wide mouths, resembling frogs hence their name. They are often mistaken for owls due to their appearance but are actually more closely related to nightjars.

Name: Frogmouth

tawny frogmouth scaledCommon Name: Frogmouth
Scientific Name: (Podargus strigoides)
Table: General details.  Image Supplied: Frogmouth (Pixelbay).

Synopsis: Frogmouth

Frogmouths, belonging to the family Podargidae, are nocturnal birds known for their substantial, slightly hooked bills and protective coloration in reddish brown or grayish tones. They feed on large insects, small lizards, and mice at night, and rest horizontally along branches during the day, blending seamlessly with their surroundings due to their cryptic plumage. Despite their weak flight, they are adept at hunting and camouflage, resembling owls with large, front-facing eyes. These birds are widespread and adaptable, found in various habitats including suburban areas where their shaggy plumage helps them blend into rough bark while roosting. Diet: Large Insects, Small Lizards, Mice, Berries and Fruit (Nocturnal birds). Type: Introduced. Recorded Sightings: Viti Levu – Vanua Levu – Taveuni – Kadavu – Lomaiviti – Lau – Rotuma

Video: Frogmouth

Video: Tawny Frogmouth: Master of Camouflage

Audio: Frogmouth

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Additional Sources of Information

  • NatureFiji-MareqetiViti is Fiji’s only domestic NGO working solely for the conservation and sustainable management of Fiji’s unique natural heritage – Link