The baby tawnies aren't just any frogmouths
, they are characters with names and personalities.
FEEL THE LOVE: Kirkleatham Owl Centre's Luzon bleeding heart dove, left, spectacle owls Flavia and Freddie, far left, frogmouths
Napoleon and Solo, inset, and unlucky hornbill Gilbert, below left Pictures by PETE REIMANN
The tawny frogmouth
is not like many other owls, because it camouflages itself.
Batrachostomidae; Owlet Nightjars; Potoos; Eared Nightjars; Nightjars; Treeswifts; Swifts; Hummingbirds; Trogons; Kingfishers Alcedinidae; Kingfishers Dacebridae; Kingfishers Cerylidae; Todies; Motmots; Bee Eaters; Rollers; Ground Rollers; Cuckoo Rollers; Hoopoes; Woodhoopoes; Hornbills; Ground Horbills; Jacamars; Puffbirds; Asian Barbets; African Barbets; Amercian Barbets; Honeyguides; Toucans; Wood- peckers; New Zealand Wrens; Pittas; Broadbills; False Sunbirds; Woodcreepers; Furnarids; Antbirds; Antthrushes; Gnateaters.
KWAYMULLINA, Ambelin How Frogmouth Found Her Home Fremantle Press, 2010 unpaged $24.
In spite of the colourful appeal of this picture book, the story loses focus and plot consistency as Frogmouth, on her quest, observes other creatures out of their proper environments and directs them to where they naturally should be.
This book covers 135 nocturnal species in the Aegothelidae, owlet-nightjars (10 species) and the four families of the Caprimulgiformes: Caprimulgidae, nightjars, nighthawks, whip-poor-wills, and Pauraque (100 species); Podargidae, frogmouths (17 species); Nyctibiidae, potoos (7 species); and Steatornithidae, Oilbird (1 species).
The 'status' sections are brief and, for the Asian species I know well, are often inaccurate, especially for frogmouths and lesser known nightjars, e.
Pruett-Jones argues the book brings the reader into the biology of the bird in part because "for the average bird watcher or field biologist, Tawny Frogmouths are birds one seldom sees, and are elusive when one is lucky enough to see them".
While it is to be expected that the perception of any one reviewer about a particular volume will vary, I respectfully disagree in the strongest possible terms with the positive opinions of Pruett-Jones (2009) in a recent review of Tawny Frogmouth (Kaplan 2007).
For the average bird watcher or field biologist, Tawny Frogmouths
are birds that one seldom sees, and are elusive when one is lucky enough to see them.
A different kind of exception to the basic category of Dusun omen-birds is the (Javan) frogmouth
(bugang), which is actually a cause of evil being attracted into its (and the human observer's) proximity; by this token one can engage in a quasi-manipulation of the event--not by staying away, but by chasing away the bird itself by loud banging or gunfire
Three species of frogmouth
are listed for DSNP, but no records have been adequately documented.