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Searching for 'the rarest bird in the world'

More than a quarter of a century ago a British expedition unearthed a unique bird's wing in the mud of the plains of Ethiopia.

It was the only evidence of the existence of the Nechisar Nightjar - a species of bird that had never been seen before.

This wing became a totem for devoted birdwatchers like the Vernon Head from South Africa, who set off on a mission to find the elusive bird.

Find out more about how they were made here.

  • 05 Jul 2016