886. Columba leuconota

886. WHITE-BACKED DOVE.
COLUMBA LEUCONOTA.
Columba leuconota, Vig. P.Z.S. 1831, p. 23 ; Gould, Cent. Himal. B. pl. 59 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxi. p. 249 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 32.
Male ad. (India). Head dark slate-grey or plumbeous ; neck, lower back, and under parts white ; upper hack, scapulars, inner secondaries ashy brown ; rest of wings above dove-blue, the wings crossed by three blackish brown bars ; rump, upper tail-coverts, and tail blackish, the last crossed by a broad, white band which is in the middle of the central, but close to the end of the outermost feathers ; lower abdomen tinged with dove-blue, the under tail-coverts pale dove-blue ; bill and claws horny black ; feet bright light red ; iris yellow. Culmen 1.0, wing 9.6, tail 5.3, tarsus 1.2 inch. Female similar but somewhat duller in colour.
Hab. Himalayas from Gilgit to Bhutan ; Tibet ; Kan-su.
Is an inhabitant of the higher mountain ranges at from 10,000 to 14,000 feet altitude, where it inhabits the most unapproachable and desolate rocks, avoiding woods and never perching on a tree, only visiting the alpine meadows and Tangut villages in search of food. Nothing is known respecting its nidification except that it nests amongst inaccessible crags in Kashmir in August, and in Mongolia in May.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
886. Columba leuconota
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
886
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
641
Common name: 
White Backed Dove
M_ID: 
4828
M_CN: 
Snow Pigeon
M_SN: 
Columba leuconota
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
11084

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