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.

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Raine Soo
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This is a napping cotton ball.

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Capermom
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1 month ago

The feathers look incredible..!

spharoe
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1 month ago

Wow they look like paper or dried leaves! That is just.. wow.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This frogmouth looks like a stern parent. The little one is sweet.

Kanga9ine
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1 month ago

Took me a second to soak this in. Those feathers and amazing.

Jay Broderick
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1 month ago

it looks like tree bark!

Seaside Charlie
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1 month ago

You don't mess with my mama!

Darwinist
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1 month ago

The frogmouth parent's hairstyle looks suspiciously like Trump's

Catlady6000
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1 month ago

Looks way better on her

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Boopie Dew
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1 month ago

Origami bird?? Thats cool looking

Wyndmere
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1 month ago

Why so down-in-the-mouth li’l chick? You’ll grow up to look like this awesome piece of “artwork” at your side.

Ila in Maine
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1 month ago

This looks exactly like my ex anytime he had to 'babysit' our daughter while I worked, cooked, did laundry or did anything else that essentially supported our family. Note the EX.

Tahani
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1 month ago

Angry leaves....

kira griffin
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1 month ago

the parent is like, don't talk to us! and then the little one's like, I want to play! they're adorable.

Patty Stier
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1 month ago

Gorgeous pic of Jr. and Grandpa!

scorpesh
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1 month ago

They are sharing an emotional moment.

Carolyn Legg
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1 month ago

Secure with papa

Susan Miller
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1 month ago

That is one cute chick!

Faith Arnold
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1 month ago

Mum won't let me come and play.

Carmel Watts
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1 month ago

Amazing photo

E Davis
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1 month ago

Wow! I have never seen this bird before. Just beautiful. This bird should have been in the Harry Potter world!

Simpattyco Van Doren
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1 month ago

My wife went shopping. She better get back soon.

Tony Debski
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1 month ago

A TRULY superb 'family' Portrait of this most amazing Bird Species....LOVE the teeny tot!!

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I swear these birds are smiling.

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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.

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Raine Soo
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Hi! says the wee one.

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Darwinist
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Cottonball on feet

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These three look like awkward adolescents.

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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.

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Eva Bryson
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What absolutely perfect camouflage and posture!

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Raine Soo
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What a cute floof!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

It's a cotton ball with a beak!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Isn't that the funniest, cutest puff-ball?

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Ezigma
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I think his dinner is late lol

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Raine Soo
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The young one is so full of joy! The parent looks a little blased.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

"Knock it off, down there!"

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Jenifer Riggs
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The third one on right: *grumble* why am I stuck here with my siblings

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

so i can grow one myself by planting it? :D

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Eva Bryson
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The choir.

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Ila in Maine
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1 month ago

Forget dust bunnies. I want dust owls. They're much cuter.

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You woke me up for this?

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scorpesh
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1 month ago (edited)

Top:*grounded* left: I did'nt do it -_- right: wait....what?!

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Eva Bryson
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Dad: Hey....you! Did you say something to my kid?

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Saara-Elina Kaukiainen
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That is the grumpiest cotton ball I have ever seen.

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Annie Fullmer
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sploot

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Shruti Naik
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Mom put him in time out...

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Yeah, we're judging you!

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Raine Soo
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The baby looks as if it is growing out of the tree.

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Dimitra Zafeiri
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- Bird Adoption Services, how may I help you? - Yes, hi, I would like to put my third and thickest offspring up for adoption, please. I am so done here. - Right away, ma'am, I will connect you to the right department. - Thank you, sir *Fluff staring at the beyond* I am so screwed

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Victoria Wylie
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All of these birds are so beautiful. I love nature so much.

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