Palumbus casiotis, Bonap.
784. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 464 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 201.
THE HIMALAYAN CUSHAT.
Length, 17; expanse, 30; wing, 10.25 ; tail, 7 ; bill at front, 0.75.
Bill orange, whitish at base ; irides yellow ; feet red.
Above brownish-grey; the head, cheeks, rump, and upper tail-coverts, pure ashy; nape, sides of neck, and shoulders glossed with changeable green and purple; on each side of the neck a large patch of fulvous or clayey-cream color; edge of the wing, and a white longitudinal bar, formed by the outer edges of the primaries, white ; winglet and primary-coverts blackish; tail grey at the base, blackish at the tip; beneath, the throat is pure ashy, the foreneck and breast vinaceous-ruddy, paling on the belly, and albescent towards the vent; lower tail-coverts ashy; tail with a broad pale band.
Within our limits, the Himalayan Cushat only occurs on the frontier near Jacobabad, and is very rare. I found it very common in Southern Afghanistan where it breeds.