This week’s patient of the week is Womble the Tawny Frogmouth. Womble is just a few weeks old and was admitted to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital after he was found on the ground in Southport following a storm.
The vet checked Womble over and fortunately he was not injured and was given the all clear. Womble was reunited with his family in Southport the same night he was admitted, using a makeshift nest.
Thankfully, reuniting Womble with his family means he will be raised in the wild by mum and dad.
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Tawny Frogmouths are ironically not an owl! Many people believe that Tawny Frogmouths are of the owl species mostly because of the tawny’s big eyes and owl-like 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 can be found in almost any habitat excluding dense rainforests and tree-less deserts. They feed mostly on moths and large insects at night but will also commonly eat small mammals, reptiles and frogs.