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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]

Shelley's sparrow
Shelley's Rufous Sparrow - 27-08-06 Murchison Falls - Uganda NP Uganda 06 5442 (28909858907).jpg
A male in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Scientific classification edit
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


  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. ^ 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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