Columba intermedia, Strick.
788. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 469 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 3; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 419; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 202; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 130.
THE BLUE ROCK PIGEON.
Length, 12 to 13; expanse, 23; wing, 8.75 to 9; tail, 5; bill, 0.75.
Bill black, mealy at base above; irides dull orange ; legs dull reddish-pink.
Color slaty-grey, darker on the head, throat, and breast, also on the upper and lower tail-coverts and tail, which last has a blackish terminal band ; nuchal-feathers divergent at their tip, and brightly glossed with changeable green and amethystine; two black bars on the wings,, formed by the greater-coverts, and the secondaries' being tipped with black on the outer web only; and the outermost tail-feather, with its external web, gradually more albescent to the base.
The Blue Rock Pigeon is a very common permanent resident throughout the district, breeding from November to May; a favourite nesting place is a hole or a ledge in a well.