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Tawny frogmouths are large, big-headed birds that can measure from 34 to 53 cm (13 to 21 in) long. Weights have been recorded up to 680 g (1.50 lb) in the wild (and perhaps even more in captivity), but these are exceptionally high.[7][9][10] In the nominate race, 55 males were found to weigh a mean of 354 g (12.5 oz), while 39 females weighed a mean of 297 g (10.5 oz), with a range between both of 157 to 555 g (5.5 to 19.6 oz). Among the subspecies P. s. brachypterus, 20 unsexed birds were found to average 278 g (9.8 oz) with a range of 185 to 416 g (6.5 to 14.7 oz).[10] In P. s. phalaenoides, a weight range of 205 to 364 g (7.2 to 12.8 oz) was reported.[11] Thus, in terms of average if not maximal body mass, the tawny is a bit smaller than its relative, the Papuan frogmouth.[10] Tawny frogmouths are stocky and compact with rounded wings and short legs. They have wide, heavy, olive-grey to blackish bills that are hooked at the tip and topped with distinctive tufts of bristles.[12] Their eyes are large and yellow, a trait shared by owls.[6][13] However they are not forward facing like an owls.[5]

Tawny frogmouths have three distinct colour morphs, grey being the most common in both sexes.[14] Males of this morph have silver-grey upperparts with black streaks and slightly paler underparts with white barring and brown to rufous mottling. Females of this morph are often darker with more rufous mottling.[7] Females of the subspecies P. s. strigoides have a chestnut morph and females of the subspecies P. s. phalaenoides have a rufous morph.[14] Leucistic or albinistic all-white aberrant plumage for this species has been documented.[
One of the best examples of cryptic plumage and mimicry in Australian birds is seen in the tawny frogmouth, which perch low on tree branches during the day camouflaged as part of the tree.[15] Their silvery-grey plumage patterned with white, black, and brown streaks and mottles[16] allows them to freeze into the form of a broken tree branch and become practically invisible in broad daylight.[17][18] The tawny frogmouth often chooses a broken part of a tree branch and perches upon it with its head thrust upwards at an acute angle using its very large, broad beak to emphasise the resemblance.[15] Often, a pair sits together and points their heads upwards, only breaking cover if approached closely to take flight or warn off predators.[18] When threatened, adult tawny frogmouths make an alarm call that signals to chicks to remain silent and immobile, ensuring that the natural camouflage provided by the plumage is not broken.
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Oh no! Not an owl but a woodpecker. I was completely off the mark. ? Thanks Artslover3.


I think you won the first prize, Artslover3. I will change the name and THANK YOU.


@Mischa95 I did a google image search and I think this could be a Eurasian wryneck. Copy and paste the link below and see what you think


Chuckle chuckle. I recon it is an owl but is anyone wise enough to know which one. ?


I wish someone knew what this is. Thanks everyone for telling me what it is not.

This is not a tawny frogmouth, sorry, it's a great potoo.


Stunning colours and camouflage. Have to agree with Aussiepom. The head is far too small, but it could be the angle that this photo was taken from. Unfortunately I think wikipedia is way off the mark. Have a look at Australian sites for information on Podargus strigoides ?


The beak is not that of a Tawny Frogmouth, not the right shape or thick enough. Great pic though.


Now, that's some camouflage! I love it. Thank you, @Mischa95.


Sure has fantastic camouflage - can't even tell it is there. dj

I put this together in spite of the colors because I wanted to see if the completed puzzle made more sense than the little sample! It did and I was very pleased to discover the well camouflaged bird nestled in the matching tree trunk. However, I think it might be time for some birds of paradise!

The colours are right but the head is far too small for the Frogmouths we get around here anyway. This looks like quite a slender bird and the Frogmouths are much more solid. I got a few good photos of one doing exactly what it says in the description, sitting still on a branch with its head up at an angle. I had passed it several times without seeing it. Sorry I havn't any suggestion as to what it might be.