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Tawny Frogmouth shows red-eye at night, Brisbane, Australia.   //    Tawny Frogmouth - Podargidae: Podargus strigoides. Length to 50cm, wingspan to 95cm, weight to 500g. Also known as Tawny-shouldered Frogmouth, Mopoke (incorrectly - that is the Boobook Owl). Occurs in open woodland throughout Australia, Tasmania, southern New Guinea. Nocturnal, preys on insects and small vertebrates on the ground which are generally pounced upon from a perch - the wide beak is not used for catching flying insects. Weak anisodactyl toes useless for catching prey.  Also known to roost in family parties either in trees, or on the ground (uncommon). This bird occasionally visits the deck of a suburban house at night. IUCN Status: Least Concern.     //Eric Lindgren//