1855. Columba livia neglecta

(1855) Columba llvia neglecta Hume.
Columba livia neglecta, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 220.
This race of the European Blue Rock-Pigeon is resident in India all over the North-West from Sind to Kashmir and Ladak, the North-West Provinces, British Baluchistan and the greater part of the Punjab, Thence they occur all over Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Turkestan and East and South Persia.
All the races of Indian Rock-Pigeons are much the same in their breeding habits etc., and these are fully dealt with under our most common Eastern form, intermedia, and need not be considered separately for each race. As regards the present bird we may quote Ticehurat’s remarks (Ibis, 1923, p. 463}, which give a good idea of the bird and in many respects are also applicable to the other races :—“It is very difficult if not impossible to say what Bock Pigeons in Sind are really wild birds ; every town and village of any size contains great numbers, and these stray away into the surrounding country and come to lead a feral existence, and one may find Pigeons well away in the desert or cultivation inhabiting railway bridges or wells. However, in the Sind hills, far removed from any habitation, it is common in places, and is there I believe truly wild. In cliffs, in some of the hills bordering the Gaj, Barun and Habb rivers, it is numerous, inhabiting caves, wider crevices and ledges. As elsewhere, the Pigeon breeds more or less all the year round.”
Personally I think I should reverse Tice hurst’s reasoning, and consider that the true feral birds have become more or less semi¬domesticated in their habits. Pigeons are birds which, though they only lay two eggs at a time, increase at an extraordinary rate under normal circumstances and, probably, very much faster still once they accept the homes and ruins of homes of mankind as breeding centres.
As regards its breeding habits, we need quote here only one or two notes dealing with curious exceptions. First and most unusual is Pitman’s account of two nests found by him in the Deragut District on the North-West Frontier, These two nests were built on wild fig-trees, “massive constructions of sticks and twigs lined with finer material and dead grass. One was placed among the thin top branches about 18 feet from the. ground ; the other was placed on a stout branch about 12 feet from the ground.” In many places they have been found breeding in the walls of wells, often at considerable depths, but around Quetta the birds go one better, and Marshall found them breeding freely in the underground water-channels.
For the rest they breed in buildings of all kinds, cliffs, river banks etc., in colonies large and small, and their nests and eggs are in¬distinguishable from those of the common Indian bird.
Forty-eight eggs average 38.5 x 28.7 mm. : maxima 42.5 x 28.0 and 40.0 x 29.6 mm. ; minima 36.6 x 27.8 and 30.1 x 27.5 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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Humes Blue Bock Pigeon
Columba livia neglecta
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