Quoy & Gaimard, 1830
There are three subspecies: P. p. papuensis, P. p. baileyi and P. p. rogersi
The Papuan Frogmouth is the largest of frogmouths in terms of length and rivals the Neotropical Great Potoo as the largest species in the order Caprimulgiformes. On average these birds are about 53 cm (21 in), with a range of 50–60 cm (20–24 in), and weigh about 380 grams (13 oz), with a range of 300–570 g (11–20 oz). The Tawny Frogmouth is smaller in length but often reaches heavier weights. The Papuan Frogmouth has a bulbous bill, red eye, cream eyebrow, long tail and dark wings. The male of the species is slightly larger, darker and marbled in appearance. The female is more rufous in appearance.
P. p. baileyi is smaller, and darker. P. p. rogersi is larger and paler.
Distribution and habitat
The call is a resonant 'ooom' or a laughing hoot. It is usually heard after dusk and before dawn.
It has been speculated that the Papuan frogmouth may secrete a substance in its mouth that attracts flies. According to a number of observers is able to wait with its mouth open and flies enter to investigate the odor.
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