This mosquito is called Frogmouth, and it looks like a mosquito that lives in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. These nocturnal birds have large, fluffy mouths, and their young birds have a lovely appearance.
Podargidae is a family of birds belonging to the Caprimulgiformes order. They have mouth when opened like frog mouth. This family includes nocturnal birds of prey. They are found in India and throughout southern Asia to Australia.
The birds of the family are camouflaged by their feathers. Species in this family nest on tree branches and usually lay three white eggs, the female incubates at night and the male incubates during the day.
The three species of the genus Podargus are large owls of Australia, New Guinea, and have large flattened beaks. They can catch prey like small vertebrates (frogs, rats), sometimes hitting the rock before swallowing.
Twelve species of the genus Batrachostomus are found in tropical Asia. These species are smaller, their beaks are more rounded and are predominantly insectivorous. In April 2007, a new species was described from the Solomon Islands and placed in the newly established genus Rigidipenna.
The beaky owl pairs together until one of them dies. The breeding season takes place from August to December. After mating, the female lays two or three eggs in a green leaf lining in the nest. Both parents take turns incubating until the eggs hatch – about 25 days later.
The beaked owl eats the invertebrates and small vertebrates they catch in a short flight or flight from the ground, trunk, and leaves.
Asian amphibious mosquitoes (like Batrachostomus) feed at night and discreetly, the color of their camouflage feathers resembles the color of the surrounding forest environment. Although these properties effectively help them avoid other predators, they are also difficult to observe; These species are most easily recognizable by their song and call.
Their large eyes and good hearing aid them a lot when hunting at night. Unlike the real owls, they fly around all night while hunting and hunting in flight. The beaked owl will sit still on a low tree branch waiting for its prey to arrive, or sometimes plunge into the ground. Another difference from real owls is that owls catch prey with their claws, while the beaked owl has weaker claws, so they often catch prey with their beaks.
The beaked owl has a large head and a well-developed facial beard, a very large, wide and slightly curved beak that can open very wide, round wings for flexible movement and very short legs. The coat is grayish-brown: gray, brown, chestnut with subtle reddish-brown accents to look like the scaly color of the bark. Some species have different color patterns, with slight but recognizable variations in coat color that researchers previously mistook for differences between males and females.
When threatened, the beaked owl pretends to be a dead branch, a particularly motionless stance, by sitting in a slightly inclined position with their heads upright, their feathers pressed against the body and eyes closed in one small slot. With the base of branches and trunks, they were almost undetectable.
The Philippine beaked owl (Batrachostomus septimus) is also known as the Philippine frog beak owl. This is a shy nocturnal bird found throughout the islands of the Philippines. They are medium-sized birds with a body weight of about 80-100 grams and a body length of about 23 cm. The head also has thin hairs extending from the face, helping to protect the eyes when hunting. The coat is reddish-brown or ash-gray, and when they are stationary on a branch, it is easy to be confused with a dead tree bark or branch, which is difficult to distinguish without looking closely.
Australian wildlife expert Tim Faulkner says the bird can eat anything that fits its mouth. Usually, a mosquito’s favorite dish is small insects, but when hungry, it can also eat frogs, frogs or small animals such as mice, lizards …
These birds rarely leave their homes and live all year round either alone or in pairs in relatively large territorial areas and protect their territory with threatening calls or songs. The beaked owl usually lays eggs in a short, carefully crafted cup-shaped nest, placed on a tree branch and is made from spider webs, lichen, leaves and fluff taken from the lower part of the body.
On average, the quill-beak owl’s lifespan is only about 14 years at maximum.
The gray-backed owl Caprimulgus affinis. This nocturnal bird usually lurks during the day in grass patches or small bushes. However, their camouflage makes not even the most mischievous weasels notice.