Caprimulgus solala Safford, Ash, Duckworth, Telfer & Zewdie, 1995

Nechisar nightjar



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1990

Rediscovered in April 2009

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Safford, R. J.; Ash, J. S.; Duckworth, J. W.; Telfer, M. G.; Zewdie, C. (1995). A new species of nightjar from Ethiopia. Ibis 137: 301-307.


Other references:

Anon. 2009. Rarest bird on Earth - spotted at last! Africa - Birds & Birding 14(4): 58.

BirdLife International. (2012). Caprimulgus solala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 13 December 2014.

Butchart, S. H. M. 2007. Nechisar Nightjar Caprimulgus solala. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 14(2): 142.

EWNHS. 1996. Important Bird Areas of Ethiopia: a first inventory. Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society, Addis Ababa.

Forero, M. G.; Tella, J. L. 1997. Sexual dimorphism, plumage variability and species determination in nightjars: the need for further examination of the Nechisar Nightjar Caprimulgus solala. Ibis 139: 407-409.

Head, Vernon R. L. (2015). The search for the rarest bird in the world. Oxford: Signal Books. 244 pp.


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