Turtur pulchratus, Hodgs.
792. :- Turtur rupicolus, Pallas. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 476; Butler,. Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 92; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 420.
THE ASHY TURTLE DOVE.
Length, 12 to 13 ; expanse, 20.5 ; wing, 7 to 8; tail, 5 to 5.5 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.7.
Bill blackish-horny ; irides light orange; legs dull purplish.
Head bluish-ashy, with the,occiput and nape rufescent; back and rump ashy-brown, more ashy on the latter; wings dusky; the coverts widely margined with dark rufous; tail bluish-black, with a broad white tip; beneath brown, becoming whitish towards the vent; lower tail-coverts white, with a faint tinge of ashy; neck spot black.
The Ashy Turtle Dove is common during the cold weather in many parts of the Deccan; it is also common at Mhow; a single specimen has been recorded from Aboo, but in Sind it does not occur at all.