Prigogine's Nightjar (Caprimulgus prigoginei)

Prigogine's Nightjar, also known as the Sooty Nightjar, is a member of the Caprimulgidae family of birds. This elusive bird is found in the tropical regions of Africa, primarily in Cameroon, Gabon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Named after the Nobel Prize-winning chemist Ilya Prigogine, who was fascinated by their nocturnal habits, this bird is as mysterious as it is beautiful.

The Prigogine's Nightjar has a sooty-brown coloration with white markings on the wings and tail. Their feathers are incredibly soft, which allows them to swoop silently through the night sky, searching for prey. These birds are known for their unique vocalizations, which include a combination of whistles, clicks, and trills that are often heard at night.

The Prigogine's Nightjar is a nocturnal bird that is active at night, feeding on insects such as moths and beetles. Their preferred habitat is the dense forest, where they roost on the forest floor during the day, camouflaged by their brown feathers. They are incredibly difficult to spot during the day, which makes them a challenge to study in the wild.

Despite their elusive nature, the Prigogine's Nightjar is relatively common in their native habitat, thanks in part to their ability to adapt to human disturbance. However, they are still vulnerable to habitat loss due to deforestation, logging, and conversion of forests into agricultural land. Additionally, they are hunted for meat and their feathers, which are highly prized by some cultures.

Efforts to protect the Prigogine's Nightjar are ongoing, and include the creation of protected areas and awareness campaigns aimed at reducing hunting and habitat destruction. These efforts are crucial for the survival of this unique and fascinating bird.

Other names

Caprimulgus prigoginei



Prigogine's Nightjar

enganyapastors de Prigogine



kivuski leganj

lelek Prigogineův


Louettes Nachtzwaluw


Engoulevent de Prigogine


Succiacapre di Itombwe


Prigožino lėlys


lelek kongijski


Козодой Пригожина

lelek ryšavý

Chotacabras de Prigogine


Prigogine Çobanaldatanı

дрімлюга заїрський

kivu öösorr

zairei lappantyú