Prigogine's Nightjar, Itombwe Nightjar

Prigogine's Nightjar, Itombwe Nightjar

Prigogine's Nightjar, Itombwe Nightjar by Carel BrestvanKempen
Species & Artwork Details
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
CAPRIMULGIDAE
Order: 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES
Genus: 
Caprimulgus
Species: 
prigoginei
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Louette, 1990
Common names (Fre): 
Engoulevent de Prigogine
Medium: 
acrylic on canvas
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.