Family Frogmouths (Podargidae)

Near Threatened

Dulit Frogmouth (Batrachostomus harterti)


French: Podarge de Hartert German: Hartertfroschmaul Spanish: Podargo del Dulit

Batrachostomus harterti


, 1892,

Mount Dulit, c. 700 m [2000 feet], north Borneo


Closely related to the more widespread, lowland B. auritus; both occur at Mt Dulit, with B. auritus recorded only at lower elevations; reports of specimens intermediate between the two are apparently erroneous. Monotypic.


Mountains of N & C Borneo: known from Mt Dulit, Usun Apau Plateau, Kelabit Uplands (all in Sarawak) and Mt Liang Kubung (NE West Kalimantan).

Descriptive notes

34–37 cm. Coloration very similar to that of the darkest individuals of B. auritus, from which it is most reliably distinguished only by slightly smaller size... read more


A loud, trumpeting, monotone “whooooooaaah”, repeated at a comparatively steady pace, 1... read more


Apparently lives in forest at submontane levels; reliable records at 600–1230 m, reports from... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


First two nests found recently, in same area of Sarawak, but only one described in any detail. Season Mar–Apr, but female ready to... read more


No information; presumably sedentary, like congeners.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Apparently known... read more

Recommended citation

Holyoak, D.T. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Dulit Frogmouth (Batrachostomus harterti). 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 24 February 2020).