Marbled Frogmouth Numbers building

Seeing the results of your hard work makes everything seem so worthwhile. Hinterland Bush Links has been working with local landholders to restore native habitat in the Blackall Range and surrounding areas since 2011, and recently we have seen a fantastic result of our work.

The rare and threatened Marbled Frogmouth has made a comeback on the Blackall Range. There was great excitement when pairs were found recently on the Obi Creek downstream from Gardners Falls, and at Wootha and Bellthorpe on the southern fall of the range. A road-killed bird was also found in the centre of Maleny. It is amazing to think that back in the '70s they were only known from old museum specimens, with no sightings in the field. Greg Roberts rediscovered them in the Conondale Ranges and thanks to restoration and connection of their rainforest habitat by the community their numbers are building again.

Sometimes confused with the Tawny Frogmouth, Greg has some good tips for identification. The first is Greg's photos is the Marbled Frogmouth and the other is Susie Duncan's photo of the two Tawny Frogmouths.  Note the relatively longer, more tapered tail of the Marbled and the blotching on the underparts of the Marbled as opposed to the fine streaking of the Tawny's underparts. The white eye-brow of the Marbled is clearly wider than that of the Tawny while the eyes of the Marbled are darker than the bright, yellow eyes of the Tawny. 

Jennifer Nichols from our ABC investigated the comeback of the Marbled Frogmouth and you can catch up on her story here.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-18/marbled-frogmouth-back-from-brink-blackall-range/8817494

 

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