Species profile

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

Range and abundance

The Tawny Frogmouth has a distribution across Australia, including Tasmania.


Tawny Frogmouth have widely spaced, large yellow eyes and silver-grey plumage, mottled with white, black and rufous colouration. This species is relatively large, between 34 and 53 cm in length and weighs 290-680g.


Tawny Frogmouths are nocturnal and are predominantly prey on invertebrates and small vertebrates, consuming insects, small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds. This species has generalist habitat requirements and can be present on the urban fringe as it is not hollow dependent. They utilise a wide range of habitat types, with the exception of exposed arid vegetation and dense rainforest.  During the day the Tawny Frogmouth roosts and nests on low tree branches and forks using their plumage as effective camouflage from predators.

Breeding is seasonal (August – December). Males and females share egg incubation and rear clutches of 2-3 young.


Threats include habitat destruction and degradation, and vehicles strikes, which can occur when hunting insects illuminated in car headlights.


What is AWC doing?

AWC does not undertake any specific management for this species.

Did you know:

Tawny Frogmouths are often mistaken for owls, but are actually a more closely related to the nightjar family.