How to Draw a Tawny Frogmouth

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Tawny Frogmouth in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Tawny Frogmouth.

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How to Draw a Tawny Frogmouth - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: To draw the Tawny Mouth frog, start with the head by drawing a wavy line that’s half a circle. Leave the left side open to make room for the wings and the body.

Step 2: Add the eyes by drawing two more half circles with dots inside. Them add a small triangle for the beak with a few more curved lines for the face. This type of bird uses its' beak to catch prey.

Step 3: For the body, draw a curved line at the top as shown. Then, add some feathers along the bottom.

Step 4: Draw the wing by making two arced lines with small curves in it to make the feather shapes.

Step 5: Add small curved lines inside the wing to make the feather pattern.

Step 6: Now, add the tail by drawing a few lines coming down, ending with rounded tips.

Step 7: Draw small moon shape at the bottom with pointy toes. These birds sit for very long times up in the trees to capture prey, so draw a branch under its' feet. Color the Tawny Frogmouth brown with some black patches for the pattern. These birds are often mistaken to be owls because of their appearance.

Interesting Facts about the Tawny Frogmouth

The Tawny Frogmouth is a type of bird that can be found in Australia, Tasmania, and the southern parts of New Guinea. These birds are very often thought to be owls because of their appearance but they aren’t; owls have stronger feet used to catch the prey that they hunt, unlike the tawny frogmouth that uses its beak to catch its prey, which is typically smaller than owl prey.

Did you know?

  • The tawny frogmouth is also sometimes referred to as a Mopoke or Morepork by people in Australia
  • These birds are large in over-all size with large heads, which is why they are often mistaken for owls
  • Tawny frogmouths get to be around 34 – 53cm in total size and weigh up 670g.
  • These birds’ feathers are in colors of gray, dark brown to black, and white which often resembles bark from trees
  • As a defense mechanism these birds will stay completely still while perched on lower branches in trees to blend in with the trees and will produce an alarm call for the chicks so that they know to stay silent and still while predators are around
  • These birds are considered by the people in Australia to be one of the best pest control birds, as these birds will often eat rodents and other vermin