Shelley's sparrow

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Shelley's sparrow
Passer shelleyi.jpg
A detail of an illustration by Henrik Grönvold, showing a Shelley's sparrow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Passerida
Superfamily: Passeroidea
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Passer
Species: P. shelleyi
Binomial name
Passer shelleyi
(Sharpe, 1891)

Shelley's sparrow (Passer shelleyi), also known as Shelley's rufous sparrow or the White Nile rufous sparrow, is a sparrow found in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya.[1][2] It is frequently considered a subspecies of the Kenya sparrow, which in turn is considered a subspecies of the great sparrow.[3] This species is named after English geologist and ornithologist George Ernest Shelley.[4]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Passer shelleyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  2. ^ BirdLife International (2010). "Species factsheet: Passer shelleyi". Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Boelens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird?: Common Bird Names and the People They Commemorate. Yale University Press. p. 310. ISBN 0-300-10359-X. 

Works cited[edit]

  • Summers-Smith, J. Denis (1988). The Sparrows: a study of the genus Passer. illustrated by Robert Gillmor. Calton, Staffs, England: T. & A. D. Poyser. ISBN 0-85661-048-8. 

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