Chalcophaps. indica. Lin.
798. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 484 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 421.
THE BRONZE-WINGED DOVE.
Length, 10.5 ; expanse, 17.5 ; wing, 5.5 ; tail, 3.75.
Bill bright coral-red, dusky at base ; orbits livid-fleshy ; irides dark-brown ; feet dull purple-red.
Male, forehead white, continued as a supercilium over the eye; crown of the head and the middle of the neck ash-grey; back and wings shining dark emerald-green, slightly glossed with golden ; the feathers of the back distinct and scale-like; two broad dusky bars, alternating with two greyish-white ones on the lower back and rump; the feathers with the basal and middle portion of the shaft very broad and flattened; tail dusky, the two outer feathers on each side whitish-grey, with a black sub-terminal band; primaries dusky, and a white bar at the shoulder of the wing; beneath, the whole neck, breast, and lower parts, vinaceous red-brown, paler on the lower abdomen; the lower tail-coverts ashy, the longest being blackish; wing beneath dark reddish-brown.
The female has the forehead greyish-white, and the supercilium narrower; the head rufescent, the lower parts browner, and the under tail-coverts more or less ferruginous; she also wants the white shoulder spot.
The young are more dusky above, with little green, and barred below.
The Bronze-winged Dove is sparingly distributed along the Sahyadri Range ; it frequents dense forests.