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Tawny Frogmouth Owl


tawny frogmouth owl

We were very surprised when cleaning our garden to find a moving log. It wasn't a log but a very cleverly disguised Tawny Frogmouth. This bird, sat perfectly still under one of our trees. Even when touched, it did not move. It was very cooperative and opened its sleepy eyes for a few seconds so we could take a picture...

We have been informed that Frogmouths are not owls they are closely related to nightjars, kingfishers and kookaburras.
Some of the features Tawny frogmouths have with Owls:
They are nocturnal, they eat insects, they have large eyes, they have soft feathers for silent flight and they have bristles or "whiskers" around their bills.

Differing features:
Owls will eat animals and birds up to their own size or sometimes larger, while Frogmouths are almost exclusively insectivorous. Owl eyes face fully forward, whilst Frogmouths' eyes are positioned on the side. Owls have large powerful feet, Frogmouths have small feet. Owls have either a full or partial facial disk, while Frogmouths do not. Owls have large asymmetrical ears, while Frogmouths do not. Owls have twelve tail feathers whilst Frogmouths have ten.

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