Marbled Frogmouth
Sounds & Calls

Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus)

Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus)
Photo credit: Neil Bowman / iStock

Marbled Frogmouths make a few different sounds – the most distinctive is the comical ‘gobble & chop ‘ sequence which has been described as sounding like a turkey getting it’s head chopped off! This call combines a turkey-like gobbling sound followed by a loud snap of the bill. Often this call type is preceded by a build up of single bubbly notes. Other calls made by this species include a rolling koo-loo series which can also by heard in this video spectrogram below.

The Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus) is a medium-sized frogmouth species found in a few places in eastern Australia and throughout much of New Guinea. In Australia Marbled Frogmouths are only found in two relatively small regions – the rainforests of Cape York Peninsula & in south-eastern Queensland / north-eastern New South Wales. The habitat of the southerly subspecies ‘plumiferus’ (also known as the ‘Plumed Frogmouth’) has been severly reduced by land clearing and as a result this taxon is listed as Vulnerable in New South Wales.

Listen to Marbled Frogmouth Calls

The audio in the video below features a variety of Marbled Frogmouth calls. Recorded in Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia.

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Marbled Frogmouth – Typical calls (NSW)


XC246368 This is another example of the typical ‘gobble / chop’ sound of the Marbled Frogmouth. Recorded in Nightcap National Park, New South Wales, Australia.

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