Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)
Ian Moodie WCC
An Australian nocturnal bird whose daytime security is his camouflage resembling a broken branch.  The plumage is streaked and mottled like bark or old weathered wood.  Yellow eyes appear to reduce to look through narrow slits as the bird follows intruder's movements.  They hunt by swooping down to take their prey composed of spiders, insects, frogs or small mammals.  Males are grey and females grey or chestnut coloured. 
The nest is a rough loose platform of sticks lined with a few leaves usually in the fork of a branch although old nests of other species are sometimes used.  A clutch of  white eggs can number 2 to 5, usually just 2.  The male incubates by day and female by night.  Hatching takes about 30 days, the young leave the nest at 4 weeks.
Preferred habitat is timbered country, trees along water courses or suburban and city parks

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