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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Caprimulgiformes - Podargidae - Frogmouths

Tawny Frogmouth - Adult

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Distribution: East & South Eastern Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat: Eucalyptus forest, woodland, along watercoarses, coastal scrub, tree-lined roads, urban parks & gardens with trees. Avoids treeless semi-desert and interior of rainforests.

Diet: Large insects and terrestrail invertebrates, frogs, crustaceans, lizards and small birds and mammals.

Breeding: Nest in a coarse and flimsy, shallow flat platform, placed on the fork of a tree.

Clutch size: 1-3 eggs

Incubation: 28-32 days

Rearing: Young brooded and fed by both parents.

Fledge age: 25 - 35 days


Protocol from Cotswold Wildlife Park

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Protocol established 2005
Used on 7 individuals
Success rate 85.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions*
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs*
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1999). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol.5. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Husbandry Guidelines for Tawny Frogmouth

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