Council rangers rescue injured tawny frogmouth

Andrew with the Tawny Frogmouth
Council ranger Andrew with an injured tawny frogmouth.

Bundaberg Regional Council Natural Areas Rangers were on hand to provide assistance when a member of the community came across an injured bird yesterday.

A young girl discovered a juvenile tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) sitting on the edge of a garden bed next to The Esplanade at Bargara.

The distressed member of the community approached Council staff, who were working in the area, about how best to assist the bird.

Operational Supervisor Natural Resource Management Greg O’Neill said it's believed that the bird may have been hit by a car the previous evening as they are a nocturnal species.

“Tawny frogmouths are very active in the hours just after dusk and before dawn,” he said.

“Unfortunately they are often hit by cars when chasing after insects such as moths which are attracted to car lights.”

Council’s Natural Areas Rangers Andrew and Ian wrapped the bird up and drove it immediately to a local vet.

Did you know?

Tawny frogmouths are sometimes confused with being owls due to their nocturnal activity and owl-like appearance but are more closely related to the nightjar family.

During the day tawny frogmouths are the masters of disguise, with their mottled plumage helping them to look like broken off branches.

Tawny frogmouth in recovery

The bird is currently being monitored by the vet, is under observation and being kept warm to help stabilise the animal before any further handling occurs.

If you come across injured wildlife you can contact a local Queensland Wildlife Carer on 4159 6431 or take the animal, if safe to do so, to your nearest vet.