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20090510Da_EL_013=_MG_7184_Tawny_Frogmouth_visits_a_suburban_deck_at_night-Brisbane_Australia_EL+PS.jpg
An Australian Tawny Frogmouth visits a suburban deck at night.   //  Tawny Frogmouth - Podargidae: Podargus strigoides. Length to 45cm, wingspan to 80cm, weight to 500g.  Also known as Tawny-shouldered Frogmouth, (or incorrectly as Mopoke, Morepoke and Frogmouth Owl).  Found in open woodland throughout Australia, Tasmania, southern New Guinea. Nocturnal, preys on arthropods, such as insects and spiders,  and small vertebrates scooped mainly from the ground with its broad beak. Sleeps during the day singly, pairs or family parties either on a horizontal branch in the canopy, usually close to the trunk or, uncommonly,  on the ground.  Weak anisodactyl toes useless for catching prey. IUCN Status: Least Concern   //Eric Lindgren/ /