Rufous-tailed weaver

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Rufous-tailed weaver
Weaver bird.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Histurgops
Reichenow, 1887
Species: H. ruficaudus
Binomial name
Histurgops ruficaudus
Reichenow, 1887

The rufous-tailed weaver (Histurgops ruficaudus) is a species of songbird found in East Africa. Despite its name, it is placed in the sparrow family (Passeridae).[citation needed]

It is a quite unusual sparrow species, and was included in the weaver family (Ploceidae) by many authors even after the other Old World sparrows were separated from the weavers proper, hence its common name. Due to its distant position among the Old World sparrows, it is placed in the monotypic genus Histurgops.[citation needed]

It is an endemic breeder in Tanzania, but vagrants occur in Kenya too.[citation needed]

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