Caprimulgus centralasicus Vaurie, 1960

Vaurie's nightjar



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Invalid (synonym)


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)

Last record: 1960 or prior

IUCN status: Data Deficient



Xinjiang, China


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Vaurie, Charles. (1960). Systematic Notes on Palearctic Birds. No. 39. Caprimulgidae: A New Species of Caprimulgus. American Museum Novitates 1985: 1-10.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Caprimulgus centralasicus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 08 July 2012.

Butchart, S. H. M.; Collar, N. J.; Crosby, M. J. & Tobias, J. A. (2005). Asian enigmas: "Lost" and poorly known birds: targets for birders in Asia. Birding Asia 3: 41-49.

Collar, Nigel J. and Sykes, Brian R. (2009). Lost, found and saved—OBC conservation: the next 25 years. BirdingASIA 11: 41-46.

Kirwan, Guy M. and Schweizer, Manuel. (2020). Resolving the mystery of Vaurie's Nightjar and problems posed by single-specimen species. Dutch Birding 42(5): 355-360.

Leader, P. J. (2009). Is Vaurie's Nightjar Caprimulgus centralasicus a valid species? BirdingASIA 11: 47-50.

Schweizer, Manuel et al. (2020). A molecular analysis of the mysterious Vaurie’s Nightjar Caprimulgus centralasicus yields fresh insight into its taxonomic status. Journal of Ornithology. [Abstract]


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