One of the most beautiful of the Indian Columbidae., the Bronze-winged, or, as it is sometimes called, the Emerald Dove, easily recognized by its bronzed metallic green mantle, is the sole representative within our area of Chalcophaps, a genus containing about 6 species and ranging from the Himalayas and Malabar to Australia. The bill is slender; the wings moderately long, with the 2nd and 3rd quills longest; the tail, of 12 feathers, is considerably shorter than the wing, and slightly rounded; the tarsus slender and bare, about equal to the middle toe in length, and the feet adapted for ground habits. Sexes differing in plumage.
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
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