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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Class: Aves       
Diet: Carnivore
Lifespan: Up to 14 years           
Weight: Up to 680g      
Height: Up to 53cm      
Reproduction: Egg-laying         
Status: Least concern   

Though often mistaken for an owl, the tawny frogmouth belongs to the Nightjar family.

Tawny frogmouths display excellent camouflage. Helped by the colours of their feathers, these birds stay perfectly still, with their heads tilted upright to resemble a stick or tree branch, perfectly blending in to their surroundings.

Tawny frogmouths remain silent and still while waiting for their prey to come to them, rather than seeking out their food. Once their prey is in sight, tawny frogmouths pounce down from their tree branch. Prey include insects, frogs and other small animals.