Palumbus elphinstonii, Sykes.
786. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 465 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 419.
THE NEILGHERRY WOOD PIGEON.
Length, 15 to 16 ; expanse, 25 ; wing, 8 to 8.25 ; tail, 5.75 to 6.
Bill and orbits deep red, the former with a yellow tip ; irides ochre-yellow ; legs and feet dull-red.
Above, the head and neck ashy ; nuchal patch black, with small white tips; back of neck beyond this, and interscapulars, cupreous-ruddy, with some green reflections; rest of the upper plumage ruddy-brown, becoming dark-ashy on the rump and upper tail-coverts; the wings dusky, the lesser-coverts mostly ruddy-cupreous, and the other coverts and quills, which are dusky-black, more or less edged with the same, and the outer primaries conspicuously pale edged; tail dull black; beneath ashy, albescent on the throat; the neck and breast glossed with green, and the lower abdomen and vent albescent.
The Neilgherry Wood Pigeon is found on parts of the Sahyadri Range ; it is not common anywhere, but appears to be well known at Mahableshwar.