Palumbus casiotis

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.

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: 
Palumbus casiotis
Spp Author: 
Bonap.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
287
Common name: 
Himalayan Cushat
M_ID: 
4846
M_SN: 
Columba palumbus casiotis
Term name: 
id: 
11869

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