Tawny Frogmouth

To: "'Carol Page'" <>
Subject: Tawny Frogmouth
From: Susan Myers <>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 11:21:31 +1100
Hi Carol,
Bob Taylor (presumably your informant) asked me about this on Tuesday night at 
a Fauna Survey Group meeting. I promised to consult HANZAB, which I duly did 
and the only reference I could find pertaining to Tawny Frogmouth consumption 
of snakes was in the diet section (where else?) where it was recorded that 
snake scales were found in the stomachs of some nestlings. There were a number 
of references to observations of the birds taking frogs and small mammals, 
these were also recorded frequently in the stomach contents. White-lipped 
Snakes are not terribly large and would presumably not be terribly hard for a 
frogmouth to handle. Given that no such behaviour is referred to in HANZAB, 
Bob's observation would be worth recording somewhere, I would have thought.

Susan Myers
Ph. +61 3 9899 9303
Fax +61 3 9890 8911

-----Original Message-----
From:   Carol Page [SMTP:
Sent:   Wednesday, February 02, 2000 8:51 PM
To:     birding-aus
Subject:        Tawny Frogmouth

Hello out there,
A Tawny Frogmouth was seen recently at
Pound Bend (vic) swallowing an adult size
White Lipped Snake.
The observer would like to know if it is
common for TFM to take such large prey.
Hoping to get some answers for him,
Thanks, Carol Page

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