One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A nocturnal bird resembling a nightjar, occurring in Southeast Asia and Australasia.
Family Podargidae: two genera and several species, in particular the tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) of Australia
- ‘Our sample is deficient in species that would have allowed us to assess the uncertain relationships between owls and frogmouths and their allies (Caprimulgiformes ).’
- ‘Birds in this family are also known, unflatteringly, as oilbirds, frogmouths, and goatsuckers, the last based on an old myth that these birds use their expansive maws to steal milk from goats.’
- ‘He's sent in this photo of the frogmouths and says, ‘They are trying hard to look like tree branches.’’
- ‘I'm studying my field guide every day and trying to imagine what a gerygone sounds like, what a treeswift looks like, whether I'll see a frogmouth, and so many other things.’
- ‘It was on the first of such voyages in 1979 that he located the Ceylon frogmouth, a bird that had not been spotted for about 40 years.’
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