Checking in with the Coolest Bird You’ve Never Heard Of (The Tawny Frogmouth)


March 15, 2017 

Less than one month ago the SeaWorld Orlando aviculture team welcomed a new Tawny Frogmouth chick to the ‘bird barn’ - the epicenter of all things birds at SeaWorld Orlando.   

For the first few weeks of this chick’s life, he (or she! we won’t know this until the chick is full grown) will be accompanied by an aviculturist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

Check him out here at just 7 days old.

 

 

Native to Australia, these nocturnal birds look like they are related to owls but they are actually more like Nightjars or Whipper Wills. These unique birds are identified by the large frog-like mouths which they use to eat bugs and small rodents. (Probably the only time having a big mouth comes in handy!)

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Here is our chick at 15 days old, and you can see that he has lost almost all of his white downy feathers and is looking more and more like an adult Tawny Frogmouth!

 

And here is the sweet chick at a whopping 22 days old. 

Learn more about Tawny Frogmouths here and make sure keep a lookout on our Facebook page for more updates.

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