Tawny Frogmouth (bird a day)


October 28, 2008A Bird A DayNo comments

This Australian bird has a large mouth like a frog so it can eat a wide variety of insects and small things like rats, mice, and frogs. It resembles an owl but it is not an owl, rather it is related to the kingfishers and kookaburras. He blends well into his environment given that his feathers resemble the bark of a tree and he has the ability to hold very still. They are considered “parasitic” because they lay their eggs in other birds’ nest and leave it to be raised by the other birds. Lazy parenting! Where are social services when you need them? (Just kidding!)

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