Family Frogmouths (Podargidae)

Near Threatened

Gould's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus stellatus)


French: Podarge étoilé German: Schuppenfroschmaul Spanish: Podargo estrellado

Podargus Stellatus


, 1837,

Java; error = Malacca (south Peninsular Malaysia)


Apparently rather isolated in genus, differing from other small Batrachostomus in lacking sexual dichromatism and in pattern of underpart feathers. Bornean population sometimes suggested as a separate race (parvulus), but geographical variation of species is, at most, slight and supposed differences of Bornean birds (underpart feathers whiter with more prominent rufous edges) not constant. Monotypic.


S Thailand (S from Surat Thani) and Peninsular Malaysia (S to Negeri Sembilan) to Sumatra, then E through Riau Archipelago (Bintan I), Lingga Archipelago (Lingga I) and Bangka to Borneo and Natuna Besar I.

Descriptive notes

21–25 cm; 47–48·5 g. Occurs in two colour morphs, plus intermediates. Adult has narrow whitish collar across mantle, bold whitish spots on wing-coverts and... read more


Song is an eerie “wooah-weo”, with first note drawn-out and second descending, lasting... read more


Rainforest; reported to live in the lower storey and to prefer dense forest; one nest was found in... read more

Food and feeding

Diet known to include Orthoptera, and also moths and beetles. No further information available.


Season poorly known; young in peninsular Malaysia in Jun and Aug; an oviduct egg in Borneo at end of Apr. Few nests described, in all cases... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Although a relatively wide-ranging species, it is doubtless at risk in some areas owing to destruction of... read more

Recommended citation

Holyoak, D.T. (2020). Gould's Frogmouth (Batrachostomus stellatus). 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 17 February 2020).