Great sparrow

Passer motitensis

The great sparrow, also known as the southern rufous sparrow or the rufous sparrow is found in southern Africa in dry, wooded savannah and towns.

This is a 15–16 cm long sparrow superficially like a large house sparrow. It has a grey crown and rear neck and rufous upperparts.

The taxonomy of this species and the other "rufous sparrows" is confused. Some authors considered this species to be the same as the Iago sparrow, and some recognise only some of the rufous sparrows as separate from the great sparrow, but the ''Handbook of the Birds of the World'' recognises the Socotra sparrow, Kenya sparrow, Kordofan sparrow, and Shelley's sparrow.
Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyPasseridae
GenusPasser
SpeciesP. motitensis
Photographed in
Namibia