Goulds Frogmouth (Batrachostomus stellatus)

Goulds Frogmouth

[order] CAPRIMULGIFORMES | [family] Podargidae | [latin] Batrachostomus stellatus | [UK] Goulds Frogmouth | [FR] Podarge etoile | [DE] Schuppen-Froschmaul | [ES] Podargo Estrellado | [NL] Goulds Kikkerbek


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Has two color morphs chestnut and dark chestnut. Adult whitish collar across mantle, bold whitish spots on wings. Greyish-white spots on scapular, underparts with oval shaoed buffish markings.

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broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
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Oriental Region : Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo. Batrachostomus stellatus occurs from central peninsular Thailand, Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Kalimantan (including the North Natuna Islands) and Sumatra (including the Riau and Lingga archipelagos and Bangka Island), Indonesia and Brunei, where it is fairly widespread and common in suitable habitat


It occurs in evergreen and secondary forest to at least 500 m (once to 920 m).


Few data, builds a small cup from its own down, placed on a branch. Clutch size 1 egg.

Feeding habits

It feeds on insects in the lower storeys of forest


This forest-associated species is listed as Near Threatened because it is assumed to have experienced moderately rapid declines owing to the extensive loss of lowland forests from large areas of the Sundaic lowlands. It is not considered more threatened because it can use secondary habitats.

Rates of forest loss in the Sundaic lowlands have been extremely rapid (Kalimantan lost nearly 25% of its evergreen forest during 1985-1997, and Sumatra lost almost 30% of its 1985 cover), because of a variety of factors, including the escalation of logging and land conversion, with deliberate targeting of all remaining stands of valuable timber including those inside protected areas, plus forest fires (particularly in 1997-1998).

Goulds Frogmouth status Near Threatened


Probably sedentary

Distribution map

Goulds Frogmouth distribution range map

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