Papuan Frogmoijtii

I his is one of several nocturnal birds that hide during the day by imitating the appearance of a broken-ended branch. It has finely mottled plumage and rests on a tree branch or projecting snag with eyes closed and bill uptilted. Tail, body, head, and bill form a stiff, slanting shape like a piece of wood, and ragged tuft on the forehead helps to break up bird outline. The frogmouth sits motionless all among forest foliage or on a more onen perch, s or in groups of up to four. At dusk it opens its 1; and surveys the ground for prey. It swoops dow instead of taking prey with its feet, opens its hi and mouth in a wide gape and scoops the prey from the ground. Insects are the main food, but frogs, lizards, mice, and birds are also eaten

• Nl?ST A small, flat nest made of twigs, and placed either in a tree-fork or in a cavity on a large branch.

• DISTRIBUTION New Guinea and extreme N.E. Australia.

• REMARK This species has two distinct color phases, rufous and gray.

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