Family Frogmouths (Podargidae)

Least Concern

Philippine Frogmouth (Batrachostomus septimus)


French: Podarge des Philippines German: Philippinenfroschmaul Spanish: Podargo filipino

Batrachostomus septimus


, 1877,

Pasananca, near Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. s. microrhynchus Ogilvie-Grant, 1895 – N Philippine Is (Luzon and Catanduanes).
  • B. s. menagei Bourns & Worcester, 1894 – W Philippines (Panay and Negros).
  • B. s. septimus Tweeddale, 1877 – EC & S Philippines (Samar, Leyte, Bohol, Mindanao and Basilan).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 25 cm; 75·2–96·5 g (septi­mus). Nominate form occurs in two colour morphs, connected by intermediates. Adult male has whitish collar... read more


    Territorial song of female is a single falling note; call of male a faint trill.


    Forest and near forest edge, from the lowlands to c. 2500 m.

    Food and feeding

    No information available.


    Season Apr–Jun/Jul. Nest described as a small cup of vegetation, placed on tree branch; three reports all refer to nests with single... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Described as an uncommon species, so some populations are likely to be at risk in view of the extensive deforestation taking place throughout most of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Holyoak, D.T. (2020). Philippine Frogmouth (Batrachostomus septimus). 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 31 March 2020).