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Nechisar nightjar

Nechisar nightjar

The Nechisar nightjar (Caprimulgus solala) is a species of nightjar in the family Caprimulgidae. It is endemic to Ethiopia.[1]

Nechisar nightjar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Genus: Caprimulgus
C. solala
Binomial name
Caprimulgus solala
R.J. Safford, J.S. Ash, J.W. Duckworth, M.G. Telfer & C. Zewdie, 1995

The species was first discovered in 1990 when researchers discovered a decomposing specimen in the Nechisar National Park.[2][3] After bringing back a single wing from the specimen to the Natural History Museum in London, it was determined to be a previously unknown species. Its specific name, solala, means "only a wing".[3]

Its natural habitat is subtropical.


  1. BirdLife International (2016). "Caprimulgus solala". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22724428A94866609. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22724428A94866609.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. "Caprimulgus solala". BirdLife International 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  3. LeMoult, Craig (19 July 2009). "A Single Wing Starts Quest For Mystery Bird". Weekend Edition Sunday. NPR.
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