Caprimulgus prigoginei Louette, 1990

Itombwe nightjar, Prigogine's nightjar



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: August 1955

IUCN RedList status: Endangered


Possible calls of this species have been recorded post-1990 (Butchart, 2007; Dowsett-Lemaire, 2009), suggesting that the species still exists. However, no indisputable record of this species post-1955 exists.



Itombwe Mountains, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo


Biology & Ecology




Known only from the holotype, an adult female.






Original scientific description:

Louette, M. (1990). A new species of nightjar from Zaïre. Ibis 132: 349-353.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Caprimulgus prigoginei. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 10 July 2012.

Butchart, S. H. M. (2007). Prigogine's Nightjar Caprimulgus prigoginei. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 14(2): 145.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (2009). The song of presumed Prigogine's Nightjar Caprimulgus prigoginei and its possible occurrence in Lower Guinea. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 16(2): 174-179.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F.; Dowsett, R. J. (1998a). Further additions to and deletions from the avifauna of Congo-Brazzaville. Malimbus 20: 15-32.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F.; Dowsett, R. J. (1998b). Surveys of Oku Mt and other IBAs in NW Province (Cameroon), February-March 1998.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F.; Dowsett, R. J. (2000). Birds of the Lobéké Faunal Reserve, Cameroon, and its regional importance for conservation. Bird Conservation International 10: 67-87.


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