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Vaurie's Nightjar Caprimulgus centralasicus   - Type specimen
Vaurie's Nightjar
Photographer : © Paul J Leader/Natural History Museum, UK
Location :Natural History Museum, Tring, UK
Date : 14 March 2006
English synonyms:Chinese Nightjar, Xinjiang Nightjar, Central Asian Nightjar
Bird Family :Caprimulgidae - Typical Nightjars
Bird Group :STRIGIFORMES
Red Data Status :Data Deficient
Remarks :With a specimen (top) of Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius for comparison.

Known only from this type specimen, which was collected in ‘sandy scrub-jungle’ by Frank Ludlow at Pishan (formerly Goma) (37° 31’N., 78° 17’E), in Xinjiang on September 7, 1929 and described as a new species in Vaurie 1960.
Refs:
Vaurie, C. (1960) Systematic notes on Palearctic birds, No. 39: Caprimuligidae: a new species of Caprimulgus. Amer. Mus. Novit. No. 1985.
Leader, P. J. (2009) Is Vaurie's Nightjar Caprimulgus centralasicus a valid species? BirdingASIA 11: 47-50.

Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to China.
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