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caprimulgus longipennis

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  • A Pennant-Winged Nightjar, this is. Here's a photo of one. Its close relative has the odd name of Standard-Winged Nightjar (Macrodypteryx vexillarius), even though he looks as though he's prepared to play two-handed tennis.

    I think they're now reclassified as Macrodipteryx genus. Which doesn't help with the filthy-sounding part. ;-)

    March 27, 2008

  • Not as filthy as it appears.

    "He is Shaw's Caprimulgus longipennis, and he is uncommon in these parts, above all in his full mating plumageā€”I have seen only two all the time I have been here. That perfectly astonishing train, by the way, is just the ninth primary on either side; and how the poor bird manages to get in the air I cannot imagine...'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 120

    March 27, 2008