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caprimulgus longipennis


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  • 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 plumage—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

  • 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