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Nesting Tawny Frogmouth

Long-term UQ pair are nesting again

10 October 2022

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) sitting on nest

The resident pair of Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) at the University of Queensland are nesting again this year. The pair have been long-term residents of the Great Court; for 10 years or more according to one source. However, the birds are rarely noticed by students or other passer-bys. Last year, they successfully fledged two chicks. It will be interesting to see how many they hatch and raised this year.

Tawny Frogmouth dad and 2 chicks in November, 2021

Also of possible interest is that it is the male who sits on the nest and raises the chicks. The female will be nearby and help feed, but does not sit on the nest. I searched for her when I was there on 9 October, but was unsuccessful in locating her. Not particularly surprising when you see just how good a camouflage pattern these birds wear.

Last year's Tawny Frogmouth father and brood react to being swooped by Noisy Miners

I will keep visiting the birds to see how many chicks they hatch and raise this year and will either update this blog post or make additional posts as necessary.

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