Tawny frogmouths nesting

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Subject: Tawny frogmouths nesting
From: "Ben Allen" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2008 10:21:14 +0900
Hi Eric,

I am interested in your mention of the tawny frogmouths nesting.

I live in Guildford, a NE suburb of Perth, WA.  We have long had regular 
sightings of a tawny frogmouth roosting in our street.

In the first week of September, at dusk, I set off to check it out and could 
easily hear two birds "crooning" to each other and was able to quickly track 
them down to a newly built nest in a paperbark tree (Melaleuca) in an adjoining 
wetland area.  Over the next ten days the birds were never on the nest during 
the day but were regularly seen roosting together in the same tree or closely 
adjoining trees.  At dusk I regularly came across them at the nest talking to 
each other.

Since then, ie about 23rd September, I have only ever seen one bird roosting 
and still nothing on the nest during the day.  I was unable to check them out 
at dusk for a number of reasons and whenever I looked for them much more than 
an hour after dark I invariably came up with a blank.  I assumed they were out 

This last week, I had decided that they must have built a second nest and that 
the second bird was probably brooding.  Then on Monday evening, 6th October, I 
was able to again look for them at dusk and again found a single bird at the 
nest calling but with no answer from a second bird.  The bird was quite a lot 
more nervous than on previous occasions and stopped calling once I got close 
whilst on previous occasions the birds took absolutely no notice of my 
movements at all and carried on talking to each other regardless.  Last night, 
Tuesday, I could only check them late and as usual came up with a blank.  It is 
now over four weeks since I first came across the pair active at this nest and 
it seems strange that there have been no eggs, brooding etc in that time.

I have read up a bit about frogmouths' nesting habits in David Holland's 
excellent book and also a bit from HANZAB but would be interested if any one 
else has experience on their courting and nesting behaviour.  I am a bit 
concerned that my frogmouth may have lost its partner.



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