Sounds & Calls
Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)
The Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) is Australia’s most common and widespread frogmouth species and is found throughout the mainland and in Tasmania. Despite being common, Tawny Frogmouths can be hard to spot during the day due to their excellent camouflage. Their posture, plumage and colouration helps them to blend into the background while perched on the large branches of native trees such as eucalyptus.
One of the best ways to detect if Tawny Frogmouths are in the area is to listen for their calls at night. They make a few different vocalisations, but their most commonly heard call is a low-pitched, repetitive sequence of ‘ooom-ooom-ooom’ sounds. This call is a common night sound of the Australian bush, especially in spring and summer when Tawny Frogmouths are breeding. Later in the breeding season, juvenile Tawny Frogmouths can often be heard making an unusual ‘huffing’ sound.