Family Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Least Concern

Kordofan Sparrow (Passer cordofanicus)


French: Moineau du Kordofan German: Kordofansperling Spanish: Gorrión del Kordofán
Other common names: Kordofan Rufous Sparrow

Passer cordofanicus


, 1874,

Melspez, Kordofan, Sudan


See P. motitensis. Present species treated as conspecific with P. shelleyi and P. rufocinctus by some recent authors#R#R. Monotypic.


E Chad (E from Oum-Hadjer) and SW Sudan (Darfur and Kordofan).

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm. Small sparrow with heavy, slightly arched bill. Male has blue-grey crown and nape, black lores, crescent-shaped chestnut band behind eye and down to side of... read more


Not studied; said not to be distinguishable from that of other sparrows, e.g. P. motitensis... read more


Arid country, usually near villages and surrounding cultivated land.

Food and feeding

Few data. Mainly grain and seeds.


Season Jun–Sept in Chad and Sept–Nov in Sudan. Nest an untidy spherical bundle of dry grass, domed and with long entrance... read more


No information. Presumed mainly resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally common within small range.

Recommended citation

Summers-Smith, D. (2019). Kordofan Sparrow (Passer cordofanicus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).