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   Undertoad  Saturday Oct 9 01:15 PM

10/9/2004: Tawny Frogmouth's mouth

Too scary for a Friday image. The bird is an Australian Tawny Frogmouth, the meal is a mouse, it's feeding time at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

The official cap says this bird's mouth is camouflaged to look like dry leaves and twigs. Okay.

Guess  Saturday Oct 9 01:20 PM

whoa! yikes! gross! bleh!

Trilby  Saturday Oct 9 02:40 PM

the owl looks happy.

ukamikanasi  Saturday Oct 9 05:17 PM

Actually, a frogmouth is not an owl. Also, it's the bird itself that looks like a pile of dead leaves when sitting on the ground. Here's a picture of two in a tree:

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Undertoad  Saturday Oct 9 05:59 PM

Thanks for the correction!

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Oct 9 08:26 PM

Now that, is a very strange bird.
At least they don't have to worry about miliners and Mummers.

bluesdave  Sunday Oct 10 02:40 AM

I have a pair of Frogmouths that live around my place. They are nocturnal birds, and I often see one when I put the garbage out at night. They are very peaceful birds. Unfortunately they are classed as endangered due to their habitat being destroyed by man.

York  Sunday Oct 10 04:30 AM

a kind ive never heard off!

richlevy  Sunday Oct 10 09:21 AM

It looks like some kind of Muppet. Interesting example of evolution.

onetrack  Tuesday Oct 12 01:21 AM

tawny frogmouth

bluesdave is right .. they are nocturnal, and also very docile .. they specialise in shutting their eyes, never moving, and imitating pieces of dead wood .. which they do perfectly.
You can stand alongside them and not see them, with the right background.

Unfortunately, they are also ready to become an endangered species, due to their docility, and predation by animals such as cats and foxes. Land clearing has also reduced their habitat.
Scroll down this page to see some really good pics of them ..

Members of the podargus family, with several species, related more to nightjars than owls, they are spread from India, through S.E. Asia, to Australia ..

Here's a classic pic ..

Cyber Wolf  Tuesday Oct 12 07:50 AM

See, that's how nature says "I'm not here."

mmmBoy  Wednesday Oct 13 01:20 PM

I'll stick to Tawny Kitaen...

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