Rare Dulit Frogmouth bird spotted in Long Semadoh, Sarawak

Image from Yi Chang FB

By John Isaac

Recently, photographs of a Dulit Frogmouth (Batrachostomus harterti) bird, which can only be found in Borneo were shared on various Facebook groups, including Sarawak Public Feedback.

According to netizen, Yi Chang, who posted the photographs, they were obtained from a friend’s cousin, who is a padi farmer in  Long Semadoh, Sarawak.

Reports in thesmartlocal.com said these unique-looking birds were considered near threatened species that can only be seen in Borneo. They are also considered nocturnal birds, or nightjars.

The photographs had since created a buzz online with netizens speculating on the bird’s rare sighting and unique appearance.

Not like most birds with narrow beaks or bills for mouths, the Dulit Frogmouth spotted by the farmer is a chestnut-coloured bird with an expressive face.

Its gaping mouth resembles a frog’s, but many have been taking a wild guess saying that it looks like an owl with its mouth closed.

However, it’s not quite the same, especially when its mouth opens to reveal a wide beak that makes it look almost like an adorable, and harmless, Pokemon creature.

Several netizens also noted that they would rather not see these birds at night, even calling the bird “ghost bird” in Malay – presumably because of the bird’s piercing black eyes.

According to ebird.org, a guide to birds for birdwatchers, dulit frogmouths are large frogmouths that live in forest foothills in Borneo and feed on insects. They are notable for white spots on their wings and melancholic barks and chirps that sound almost like whistling.

Their feathers are also interesting to note, as they closely resemble dead leaves. This is so they can blend into trees and safely hide away during the mornings to keep safe, as they are nocturnal birds.

BirdLife International cites the dulit frogmouths as being near–threatened, with its population trend decreasing.