Tawny Frogmouths

Subject: Tawny Frogmouths
From: Muriel Brookfield <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2008 16:34:58 +1100

In my message this morning, I said:

'The ensuing nest was also in a stringybark, and during the day there were occasional quiet oom-oom contact calls from the male sitting not far away.'

From Gisela Kaplan's recent book, I now discover that in the two pairs that she observed: 'the male consistently brooded during the daytime and the shift change to the female occurred at late dusk.'

There are differences of opinion about which bird does the daytime shift. I recorded 'male' based on size, but it was a conjecture. Both birds tended to hold their faeces until they were at least 5 -10m away from the nest, as they do from their roosting sites. Just as well, as the faeces are extremely potent. TFs have been described as 'the skunks of the air'. Fascinating birds!


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