Rufous // is a colour that may be described as reddish-brown or brownish-red, as of rust or oxidised iron. The first recorded use of rufous as a colour name in English was in 1782. However, the colour is also recorded earlier in 1527 as a diagnostic urine colour.
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- "Color Me Rufous". 10,000 Birds. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
- Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 203; Color Sample of Rufous: Page 45 Plate 10 Color Sample A10
- Anon., Here begineth the seinge of urynes. London, 1527; British Museum.