Caprimulgus Vexillarius

Caprimulgus Vexillarius, Africa, from the auto-lithograph in the Ibis (1864), by Josef (or Joseph) Wolf, 1820-1899. The common name of this distinctive African bird, first illustrated abd described by John Gould in 1838 (see Cleere 182), is the Pennant-Winged Nightjar. Palmer, facing p. 30.

Peyton Skipwith explains in his biography of Wolf that "from 1859-69 he was the regular artist for Ibis the journal of the Zoological Society" — also that Wolf "had realized at an early age that the stance and flight of a bird were as distinctive as its markings."

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Cleere, Nigel. "The Pennant-winged Nightjar Macrodipteryxvexillarius (Caprimulgidae), its generic status, synonyms and types." Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club. 123. 3 (2003). Internet Archive. Web. 4 October 2023.

Palmer, A.H. The Life of Joseph Wolf, Animal Painter. London: Longmans, Green. 1895. Internet Archive, from a copy in the University of California Libraries. Web. 3 October 2023.

Created 4 October 2023