Order Caprimulgiformes

Family Podargidae

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Suggested to constitute two separate families, one Asian, the other Australasian, on basis of DNA-DNA hybridization results#R; some backing for this may be offered by the different nest structures of the two groups, but to date similarities generally considered to outweigh differences, and the proposal has received little support.

  • Small to large, stocky nocturnal birds with strong, wide bill, short legs, and upright stance when perched.
  • Oriental and Australasian Regions.
  • Mainly forest or woodland, several species extending into second growth, wooded savanna or dry scrub; mostly at low elevations, some species reaching 2250 m.
  • 19-60 cm.
  • 3 genera, 14 species, 27 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Holyoak, D.T. (2019). Frogmouths (Podargidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52263 on 11 December 2019).