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Shelley's sparrow

Shelley's sparrow
A male in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Passer
P. shelleyi
Binomial name
Passer shelleyi
Sharpe, 1891
  • Passer cordofanicus shelleyi
  • Passer iagoensis shelleyi
  • Passer motitensis shelleyi
  • Passer rufocinctus shelleyi
A detail of an illustration by Henrik Grönvold, showing a male Shelley's sparrow

Shelley's sparrow (Passer shelleyi), also known as Shelley's rufous sparrow or the White Nile rufous sparrow, is a sparrow found in eastern Africa from South Sudan, southern Ethiopia, and north-western Somalia to northern Uganda and north-western Kenya.[1][2] Formerly, it was considered as a subspecies of the Kenya sparrow.[3] This species is named after English geologist and ornithologist George Ernest Shelley.[4]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2018). "Passer shelleyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T22736010A132187775. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22736010A132187775.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  2. ^ BirdLife International (2010). "Species factsheet: Passer shelleyi". Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Old World sparrows, snowfinches, weavers". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  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.

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