Frogmouths are a rather bizarre family of nocturnal birds most closely related to nightjars. They derive their name from the very distinctive frog-like gape of their huge, flattened bills, which are designed for capturing insects and small vertebrates. Comprising 16 species and ranging from the Indian Subcontinent across Southeast Asia to Australia, they are sometimes divided into two families, the smaller Asian Frogmouths and the larger Australo-Papuan Frogmouths.
Our September Image of the Month is the Hodgson’s Frogmouth, which was photographed by Glen Valentine in the fabulous Mount Victoria area during Rockjumper’s 2011 Myanmar tour. This is just one of many delectable birds on offer in this fantastic yet little-explored nation. Mount Victoria forms part of the Chin Hills, situated in the eastern Himalayas, and will be our venue for four fantastic days during our Myanmar tour. Here we explore the mountain and its habitats, which include mixed oak and rhododendron forests, temperate pine forest, montane bamboo, scrub and grassland, for several species only seen by a handful of intrepid birders. These include White-browed Nuthatch, Mount Victoria Babax, Burmese Bushtit, Chin Hills Wren-Babbler and other great birds such as this frogmouth.
For anyone wishing for a chance to journey through this seldom-visited Southeast Asian birding destination, our Myanmar – Endemics of Remote Asia I tour (5 to 17 January 2013, to be led by Glen Valentine) still has some places available. Please contact our office or visit our website for further details.