Family Frogmouths (Podargidae)

Near Threatened

Large Frogmouth (Batrachostomus auritus)


French: Podarge oreillard German: Riesenfroschmaul Spanish: Podargo orejudo

Podargus Auritus

J. E. Gray

, 1829,

no locality = Sumatra


Closely related to Bornean montane B. harterti. Monotypic.


Scattered localities in S Thailand (Nakhon Si Thammarat), Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (including Labuan I) and nearby N Natuna Is.

Descriptive notes

39–43 cm; c. 206 g. Largest of the Asian frogmouths, although B. harterti not much smaller. Adult chestnut to light brown above, with pale bars on scapulars... read more


Poorly known; song variously described as a loud wheezy call, and as a deep, hollow-sounding... read more


Lowland rainforest, but recorded from secondary forest as well as undisturbed primary forest; also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes cicadas and grasshoppers. Apparently feeds by sallying to catch insects on the ground or from branches.


Two nests at Taman Negara, peninsular Malaysia, had eggs in Feb; a nest in Sumatra had a chick in late Jul. Nest is a relatively small... read more


Appears to be sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Extremely rare in Thailand, where possibly only one definite record exists. Rare in Malaysia, but still... read more

Recommended citation

Holyoak, D.T. & de Juana, E. (2020). Large Frogmouth (Batrachostomus auritus). 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 29 February 2020).