Family Frogmouths (Podargidae)

Near Threatened

Bornean Frogmouth (Batrachostomus mixtus)


French: Podarge de Bornéo German: Borneofroschmaul Spanish: Podargo de Borneo

Batrachostomus mixtus


, 1892,

Mount Dulit, Borneo


Formerly considered conspecific with B. poliolophus but lacks extensive white on underparts (3), male has a much darker crown (2) and female is much more contrastingly rich rufous (2). Vocalizations yet to be analysed in depth. Monotypic.


Mountains of N & S Borneo.

Descriptive notes

20–23 cm. Adult male has narrow buffish-white collar, bold black-fringed white spots on scapulars and wing-coverts, and relatively short tail. Adult female is generally... read more


Five vocalizations described (most of them subsequent to publication of the Taxonomy comments above... read more


Occurs in lower montane and submontane forest at 610–1675 m, occasionally to 2540 m, and may use... read more

Food and feeding

Few data available. Known to eat beetles.


Very little information available. An active nest (with nestling) was found in Mt Kinabalu National Park in Apr.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Regarded as Near Threatened given that extensive deforestation has occurred in Borneo. However, this has been less significant in the lower montane... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Bornean Frogmouth (Batrachostomus mixtus). 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 on 1 April 2020).