Columba intermedia

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.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Columba intermedia
Spp Author: 
Strick.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
289
Common name: 
Blue Rock Pigeon
M_ID: 
4824
M_SN: 
Columba livia intermedia
Term name: 
id: 
11874

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