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Shown here is the Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides.
In the daytime the frogmouth sleeps either in a eucalypts where it blends in with the grey colour of dead branches or in shade on the ground.
This bird, a male, was sleeping not far from its mate, which had nested in a very dilapidated unused mud nest originally built by choughs, Corcorax melanorhampos. This pair of frogmouths had one chick which they reared successfully. The three birds moved around the local neighbourhood for some weeks before moving on. The nest collapsed during the following year and a new nest was built in the same spot by choughs. However neither the choughs nor the frogmouths laid eggs in the nest during the following 2 years.
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Last updated: 28th February 2015