Mr Owl is a Tawny Frogmouth and ironically not an owl! Many people who bring sick, injured or orphaned Tawny Frogmouth’s to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital believe that they have an owl mostly because of the tawny’s big eyes and appearance. They are also nocturnal like owls. Tawny frogmouth’s belong to a frogmouth group and are closely related to the nightjar. Owls are raptors with very strong talons and tawny’s have quite weak feet in comparison so they are actually very different.
Tawny frogmouths feed mostly on moths and large insects at night. They are at high risk of vehicle hits because insects are attracted to light, so when a tawny sees the insects around the headlights they think they are going to get some dinner and do not move out of the way, thus getting hit by the car. Sadly, Mr Owl was hit by a vehicle but was lucky enough to be rescued and brought to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for treatment. Mr Owl suffered a concussion and trauma to one of his eyes but we are confident that with veterinary treatment and some TLC he will make a full recovery.
To help save patients like Mr Owl, please be vigilant when driving especially at night when wildlife like him are on the move or donate here.