Philippine Frogmouth (Batrachostomus septimus)

Philippine Frogmouth

[order] CAPRIMULGIFORMES | [family] Podargidae | [latin] Batrachostomus septimus | [UK] Philippine Frogmouth | [FR] Podarge des Philippines | [DE] Philippinen-Froschmaul | [ES] Podargo Filipino | [NL] Filippijnse Kikkerbek


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Batrachostomus septimus OR Philippines
Batrachostomus septimus menagei Panay and Negros (wc Philippines
Batrachostomus septimus microrhynchus Luzon and Catanduanes (n Philippines)
Batrachostomus septimus septimus Samar, Leyte, Bohol, Mindanao and Basilan (ec and s Philippines)

Physical charateristics

Two color morphs with intermediate phases. Adult has an obvious white collar and bold white spots on wings with buff on scapulars. The chestnut morph is mainly chestnut rufous with a deep rufous ground color. The mottled morph is mostly light brown with buff-blackish barring.

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Oriental Region : Philippines


It is common in lowland forests and maturing second growth up to 2500m.


The nest is built from a horizontal branch that is placed two to five meters above ground. It is made from the parent’s own downy feathers which is held in place using spider silk, moss and lichens. The female lays one egg per season. The male incubates the egg during the day and the female at night.

Feeding habits

The diet includes grasshoppers, cicadas, crickets and beetles.


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Philippine Frogmouth status Least Concern


Probably sedentary

Distribution map

Philippine Frogmouth distribution range map

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