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Conservation Status: Not threatened or endangered. 

When sighted (tawny frogmouths are nocturnal, have great daylight camouflage that mimics weathered wood or bark and can be quite indiscernible when in an erect pose) tawny frogmouths are often mistaken as owls. However, they can be distinguished by its distinctive wide beak, lime-yellow colouring inside its mouth and hunt their prey with their sharp edged beaks due to their weaker legs. They are predominantly found in woodlands, open eucalypt forests and occasionally densely forested areas, urban parks and golf courses. Males and females are almost identical in size and colouring. Breeding takes place most commonly during August to December, where 2 to 5 eggs are laid, hatching 30 days later. They hunt with stealth preying on large insects, spiders, frogs, small mammals and ground birds. They are a protected species in all Australian states and not expected to become threatened.

Tawny Frogmouth 

Podargus Strigoides

Tawny Frogmouth

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