Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Tawny Frogmouth Owl

This little fellow has been visiting with us for a while now.  He sits on his tree branch all day snoozing and warming himself in the sun and at night he's off for a feed.

I had seen him a couple of months ago sitting on the end of one of the trees sunning himself and then he disappeared for a while. Now he's back.




He doesn't seem to be disturbed by us or the dogs which is great, so we get to watch him as much as we like.

Apparently this species of owl is found throughout Australia and in most habitats except denser rainforests and treeless deserts.

The bulk of their diet is made up of nocturnal insects, worms, slugs and snails. Small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds are also eaten. Most food is obtained by pouncing to the ground from a tree or other elevated perch. Some prey items such as moths however, are caught in flight.

Tawny Frogmouths have a regular breeding season, but birds in more arid areas may breed in response to heavy rains. Both sexes incubate the eggs. The male sits during the day, but both sexes share sitting at night. The nest is a loose platform of sticks, which is usually placed on a horizontal forked tree branch. Normally only one brood is raised in a season, but birds from the south may have two.

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