Prigogine's Nightjar, Itombwe Nightjar
Caprimulgus prigoginei by Carel Brest van Kempen(8 in. x 8 in. | acrylic on canvas | ID#3701)
Family: CAPRIMULGIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
This nightjar is only known from a single female specimen found in the Intombwe Forest in Kivu Province, in what was then the Belgian Congo. The bird was collected in August of 1955 by the brilliant chemist, naturalist, geologist and explorer, Alexandre Prigogine, the older brother of Nobel Chemistry Laureate Ilya Prigogine. Poorly-known though it is, it isn't Africa's most mysterious nightjar. That title goes to the Nechisar Nightjar (C. solala), known only from a left wing found on a roadside on the Nechisar Plains of southern Ethiopia in 1990.
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