Solomons Frogmouth (Rigidipenna inexpectata)

Solomons Frogmouth

[order] CAPRIMULGIFORMES | [family] Podargidae | [latin] Rigidipenna inexpectata | [UK] Solomons Frogmouth | [FR] Podarge des Salomon | [DE] Solomon-Froschmaul | [ES] Podargo de Salomon | [NL] Solomons Kikkerbek


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Batrachostomus inexpectata
Rigidipenna inexpectata AU Solomon Islands

Physical charateristics

It has distinct barring on the primary wing feathers and tail feathers, where other frogmouths are more uniform. Its speckles are larger, and the white spots on its breast and underbelly are more pronounced than on other frogmouths.

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size min.: 37 cm size max.: 48 cm
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Australasia : Endemic to the northern Solomon Islands (Bougainville, Choiseul and Santa Isabel)


Subtropical rainforest from which they may forage into neighboring woodlands.


No data

Feeding habits

It feeds on insects.


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.

At first the bird was thought to be a subspecies of the Australian Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus). In 1998 an expedition by the Florida Museum of Natural History to Santa Isabel Island managed to collect a new specimen. Upon examining it, Nigel Cleere, Andrew Kratter, David Steadman and co-workers realized that it was highly distinct, and it was moved to a newly coined genus, Rigidipenna

Solomons Frogmouth status Least Concern


Probably sedentary

Distribution map

Solomons Frogmouth distribution range map

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