They might look like soft little owls, but they’re a whole other species of bird! If you haven’t already, it’s time to meet frogmouths—owl lookalikes that live in Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. These nocturnal birds have got big mouths, plenty of fluffy feathers, and their baby chicks are so adorable, it’s melting our hearts.
We wanted to give you a treat and boost your mood, dear Readers, so we here at Bored Panda have collected some of the cutest photos of baby frogmouths nesting all over the internet. Scroll down, upvote your favorite pics, and let us know if you’ve ever seen more wholesome birds. Oh, and check out our previous list about frogmouths right here if you need some more heart-warming content.
Frogmouths get their name from the large flattened hooked bills and wide frog-like mouths. (But our headcanon is that a frog and an owl had a secret Shakespearean romance at the start of the frogmouths’ family tree.) Ironically, the birds’ diet consists partly of—yup, you guessed it—frogs.
Luckily for our croaking and ribbiting pals, it’s not just frogs that frogmouths eat. These birds also feed on other small vertebrates like mice, but they mostly eat insects. It might sound harsh, but frogmouths sometimes beat their prey against a stone before swallowing it—but that’s nature for you. Even cute animals will do what they have to in order to survive.
Frogmouths are very egalitarian birds. Females will lay up to 3 white eggs and will incubate them at night while males will take care of them during the day.
According to ‘Save Our Waterways Now,’ tawny frogmouths (which live in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea) are very social and friendly. They will snuggle up to one another, comfort each other, and generally act as happy little families.
One of the main differences between owls and frogmouths is their feet. While owls use their powerful talons to catch their midnight snacks, frogmouths have weak feet and rely on their beaks for hunting. However, what they share in common is that their chicks look absolutely adorable and make us want to hug them tight.