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When is an Owl not an Owl? When it is a Tawny Frogmouth!

This unwitting 'false owl' is responsible for much confusion in the world of Owls. The fact is, this bird is not an owl at all. Owls belong to the order of Strigiformes, while Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) are sometimes placed in the order of Coraciiformes which, in Australia, includes kingfishers and kookaburras. However, in some other taxonomies, notably by Sibley, frogmouths are indeed included with Strigiformes but separated into a different suborder (Caprimulgi) and Infraorder (Podargides) than are true owls.

This Tawny Frogmouth Owl was quite happy sitting out in the open at the Cotswold Wildlife Park avery, not at all bothered by the visitors! I decided to do a dark spin on this Frogmouth in PS

Source The Owl Pages

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