Tawny Frogmouth

Paperback - July 2018 - AU $39.99

A fully revised, easy-to-read second edition providing the most comprehensive single study of tawny frogmouths.

The tawny frogmouth is one of Australia’s most intriguing and endearing birds. Written by award-winning author Gisela Kaplan, one of Australia’s leading authorities on animal behaviour and native birds, this second edition of Tawny Frogmouth presents an easy-to-read account of these unique nocturnal birds, which can be found across almost the entire continent. Fully revised and updated throughout, this book combines 20 years of systematic observation with published research and information from regional surveys, and represents the most comprehensive single study ever conducted on tawny frogmouths. + Full description

We learn that tawny frogmouths are very affectionate, have close bonds with lifelong partners, scream like prowling tomcats when distressed, fight with lightning speed and defend nest sites from reptilian predators by mobbing and spraying pungent faeces at them. Uncompromising male fights are contrasted with the touching gentleness of males as fathers. We also learn how resilient and unusual tawny frogmouths are in the way they cope with heat and cold and scarcity of water, sit out danger, and use a large variety of food items.

This fascinating book has a wide appeal to bird lovers, amateur ornithologists and naturalists, as well as those with a scientific or professional interest in native birds, their communication, emotions and skills.

- Short description


Paperback | July 2018 | $ 39.99
ISBN: 9781486308163 | 168 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Illustrations, Photographs


  • A complete overview of one of Australia’s most intriguing birds
  • Presents engaging behavioural anecdotes alongside scientific research
  • Written by one of Australia’s leading animal behaviour researchers


1 What and where they are
2 General anatomy
3 The brain and the senses
4 Daily life and adaptations
5 Feeding and territory
6 Bonding and breeding
7 Development
8 Emotions, vocal behaviour and communication
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Gisela Kaplan is Emeritus Professor in Animal Behaviour at the University of New England and an Honorary Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute. She is the author of over 250 research articles and 21 books and has conducted groundbreaking research into vocal learning, communication and cognition in birds and other vertebrates. She holds two PhDs and an honorary DSc for her contributions to life sciences. In addition to extensive research on birds in the wild, for the past two decades she has also raised and rehabilitated injured native birds.