Question about Tawny Frogmouths

To: "'Trish Fletcher'" <>, <>
Subject: Question about Tawny Frogmouths
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:06:33 +1000
Hello Trish,
It may be a case of curious wording, but I can tell you with certainty, that if they are alive, unless someone is hand feeding them, they certainly would have moved every night. Maybe you are not aware that they are nocturnal. (They are not owls.) So you are seeing them in the daytime, when they return to their roost. It is fairly normal for them to be faithful to a particular roost tree. Each night they will be out hunting in the vicinity and return to their roost tree before dawn.
The darker one is the male and the more brown one is the female.
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From: Trish Fletcher [
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 11:59 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Question about Tawny Frogmouths

Hello Everyone,


I live in Cook. A friend who also lives in Cook ( Booth Crescent) has two Tawneys snuggled up together in a tree in her front yard.  They haven’t moved now for over two months – same tree, same branch. They’ve sat through neighbourhood noise, cars and people coming and going from the house, two young children playing under the tree, etc. A few weeks ago a branch near them cracked and fell, but they still didn’t move.


I’m hoping someone may be able to explain what is going on with them.


Any information or even just an educated guess would be very much appreciated to help ease our burning curiosity!


Many thanks,

Trish Fletcher


It is hard to see from this photo, but one seems to have more brown around it’s face and the other slightly blacker...?





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