5 things you may not heard about Tawny frogmouths5 things you may not heard about Tawny frogmouths

Do you know? The Tawny Frogmouth is one of the affectionate birds in Australia. Because they’re hard to find, and they have unique behavior than the other birds. Tawny Frogmouth is a nocturnal bird too. Gisela Kaplan, who has vast knowledge with 20 years of experience, said that these birds lifestyle is very complex, and they also know very little. Therefore we collect some little information that you might not have heard.

A tawny frogmouth photographed in Lamington National Park, QLD. Image credit: Nicolas Rakotopare

A tawny frogmouth photographed in Lamington National Park, QLD. Image credit: Nicolas Rakotopare

They Spray feces to their predators

When they were attacked, the predator persists. Tawny Frogmouths spray feces to escape from the danger. It is a very effective action to get rid of the attack. Their main enemies are Snakes, monitors according to the Gisela; this method is confusing the predator, and that magic 

liquid’s smell will not go away for two weeks.

Pure Love

Not like us, they choose their partner for a lifetime. The male bird is the protector of the nest. If there are any Unauthorized male enters that male bird will be attacking. We have no evidence of how they find their mate, but for sure, it might be from their vocal signals. However, Frogmouth pairs are so romantic because they spend the whole day with their partner close together.

Well-adapted to Unpredictable Weather

Frogmouth’s feathers are well-insulated to not only cold but also the heat. Therefore they can survive from any weather condition. According to Gisela, if the temperature increased by more than 30 degrees, Frogmouth does not show any heat distress.

A tawny frogmouth at home among the gum trees. (Image Credit: Chris Watson)

A tawny frogmouth at home among the gum trees. (Image Credit: Chris Watson)

They Have feelings too.

Frogmouths have many vocal patterns to express everything. Gisela has especially mentioned the “whimpering call” that she observed that a female bird makes this noise after her partner died in a road accident. This female Frogmouth rejected many males following two years. When the baby birds leave the nest, they also do that whimpering call.

They are terrible at nests making.

The male Frogmouth picks up few sticks to make the nest, and it has no arrangements or security. Sometimes interest to hijack abandoned nests of another bird. 

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References https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2018/05/tawny-frogmouths-5-things-you-may-not-know-about-these-masters-of-disguise/?fbclid=IwAR11eq42jXzQGuEpQYneierQ3bOZxhLjDoJBCh6TEGBBnFAFjYrkVAqJYjQ

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