The general plumage of the Tawny Frogmouth is silver-grey, slightly paler below, streaked and mottled with black and rufous. A second plumage phase also occurs, with birds being russet-red. The eye is yellow in both forms, and the wide, heavy bill is olive-grey to blackish. Tawny Frogmouths are nocturnal birds (night birds).
Tawny Frogmouths hunt at night and spend the day roosting on a dead log or tree branch close to the tree trunk. Their camouflage is excellent — staying very still and upright, they look just like part of the branch.


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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

    WOW !!! well camouflaged or what, well spotted,

  • Thanks Ann … I know where to look!

    – byronbackyard

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    A beautiful bird, well captured! Love his little face!

  • Thanks Trish, they’re a very interesting bird, lots of character!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous catch!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    He blends right in. What a great capture. Barb

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago
  • Oh wow, many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenabout 4 years ago

    Terrific find! The natural camouflage is incredible. Well done.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Micci Shannon
    Micci Shannonabout 4 years ago

    OH WOW! Talk about good camouflage! If you didn’t look close, you’d miss it. Great eye and capture!

  • Many thanks, they’re awesome, little birds!

    – byronbackyard

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