Papuan Frogmouth (species: Podargus papuensis) in Nattai NP (Gaia Guide)
Podargus papuensis
Papuan Frogmouth

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©J.J. Harrison: Male Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis)

©David Ringer: Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Caprimulgiformes
Family Podargidae
Genus Podargus
Species Podargus papuensis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The Papuan Frogmouth has a bulbous bill, red eye, cream eyebrow, long tail and dark wings. The male of the species is slightly larger, darker and marbled in appearance. The female is more rufous in appearance. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 48 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Females
  • Up to 58 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Males


  • From 0.3 kg to 0.57 kg - applies to Adults


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, within the Torres Strait and on other islands.

This species' natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. (Wikipedia)


The Papuan frogmouth is strictly nocturnal. It hunts for large insects but also lizards, frogs and small rodents on the ground from dusk.

It has been speculated that the Papuan frogmouth may secrete a substance in its mouth that attracts flies. According to a number of observers is able to wait with its mouth open and flies enter to investigate the odour. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.