They are often found in captivity, where, sadly,  their chance of survival is better than in the wild

Podargus is a genus that includes several species of birds known as frogmouths, which are found in Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. These birds are part of the nightjar family, although they are quite distinct from the typical nightjars in both appearance and behavior.

Frogmouths are named for their large, flattened, gape, and broad, hooked beak that resembles the mouth of a frog. This beak is not only distinctive in shape but is also an essential adaptation for their feeding habits. Their large heads and big eyes give them a peculiar appearance that is often likened to owls, though they are not closely related.

The plumage of frogmouths is primarily a mottled combination of brownish-yellow, gray, and black, which provides excellent camouflage. Their feathers often have patterns of streaks and spots that mimic the bark of trees. When they sense danger or wish to avoid detection, frogmouths can sit incredibly still with their beak pointed upwards, blending seamlessly with the branches they roost on.

Frogmouths are nocturnal hunters, primarily feeding on insects, slugs, and other small animals. They catch their prey by pouncing from a perch to the ground, using their large mouths to scoop up their food. Unlike many other nocturnal birds that catch insects on the wing, frogmouths are more likely to sit and wait for their food to come to them.

Due to their sedentary and nocturnal habits, frogmouths can fall prey to snakes and, in some regions, are vulnerable to human disturbances. Their sluggish movement on the ground can make them easy targets. Additionally, when chasing flying insects near roads at night, their focus on prey can lead to collisions with vehicles, posing a significant risk to their safety.