Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

These well-camouflaged birds may be more common than the recorded numbers suggest. Like the Southern Boobook they are fairly sedentary birds, living in pairs, occupying quite large territories.

Frogmouths were not recorded in every year of the survey and most records are from a few sites adjacent to Canberra nature reserves. The annual pattern is of higher numbers in summer. This is because the birds are more obvious during breeding, when family groups of up to five birds contribute significantly to the count. There have been 13 breeding records from five sites, over several months, in Ainslie, Chapman, Cook and Watson. R=103. BR=43.

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