Kenya sparrow

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Kenya sparrow
Kenya Rufous Sparrow (Passer rufocinctus rufocinctus).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Passerida
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Passer
Species: P. rufocinctus
Binomial name
Passer rufocinctus
Fischer and Reichenow, 1884

The Kenya sparrow, also known as the Kenya rufous sparrow (Passer rufocinctus) is a sparrow found in Kenya and Tanzania. It tends to be found in dry wooded savannah and agricultural areas.[2][3] Some authorities have lumped the great sparrow (P. motitensis), the Kenya sparrow, and the Socotra sparrow (P. insularis) into P. motitensis following Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993).[3][4] Some authorities also lump Shelley's sparrow and the Kordofan sparrow with this species, or all three with the great sparrow.[5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Passer rufocinctus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Summers-Smith 1988, pp. 86–87
  3. ^ a b BirdLife International (2010). "Species factsheet: Passer rufocinctus". Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Dowsett & Forbes-Watson 1993
  5. ^ Kirwan, Guy M. (2008). "Studies of Socotran Birds III. Morphological and mensural evidence for a 'new' species in the Rufous Sparrow Passer motitensis complex endemic to the island of Abd 'Al Kuri, with the validation of Passer insularis Sclater & Hartlaub, 1881". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 128 (2): 83–93. 

Works cited[edit]

  • Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. (1993). Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Liège, Belgium: Tauraco Press. 
  • Summers-Smith, J. Denis (1988). The Sparrows. illustrated by Robert Gillmor. Calton, Staffs, England: T. & A. D. Poyser. ISBN 0-85661-048-8. 

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