Tawny Frogmouth posture

To: Debbie Lustig <>
Subject: Tawny Frogmouth posture
From: Chris Corben <>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:02:56 +1000
Hi Debbie,

it's watching you! The

"bog standard "I'm not a Tawny Frogmouth"

is actually something they only do when afraid of something. When it sees the threat as having gone, it will relax down into its typical pose, which looks more like any normal bird. In the pose you saw, the Frogmouth is trying to be less conspicuous, but it is watching you intently! And despite the common belief that this is how Frogmouths sleep, I have never seen any evidence that Frogmouths sleep, and even if they do, this sort of pose is what they do when very alert - a time when sleep is presumably least likely!

Cheers, Chris.

On 11/29/2011 08:58 PM, Debbie Lustig wrote:
This is the local Frogmouth with its week-old chick. Just wondered about the 
pose it's holding. Any information?

Debbie Lustig
Phone 0402 887


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