1301. Alsocomus pulchricollis.
The Ashy Wood-Pigeon.
Columba pulchricollis, Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 85 (1844), descr. nulla; Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 866 (1845); Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 305 ; Stuart Baker, Ibis, 1896, p. 355. Palumbus pulchricollis, Blyth, Cat. p. 233 ; Jerdon, B. I. iii, p. 465; Hume, Cat. no. 785.
The Darjiling Wood-Pigeon, Jerdon ; Ka-o, Lepcha.
Coloration. Head above and at the sides ashy grey with a slight gloss ; round the neck a conspicuous collar of feathers, black at the base, largely tipped with glossy buff, whitish at the extreme end; lower neck all round and upper back blackish, richly glossed with changeable metallic green and reddish lilac; middle of back, wings, and tail blackish brown; lower back and rump blackish leaden grey ; chin white, becoming huff on the throat and passing into the glossy collar ; breast dark slaty blue glossed with green and dull lilac, passing on the abdomen into the brownish buff of the vent and lower tail-coverts : wing-lining blackish.
Bill livid at the base, yellow at the tip; irides yellow ; legs dull red, claws yellow.
Length about 14 ; tail 5.25 ; wing 8.25 ; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape .95.
Distribution. The Eastern Himalayas in Nepal and Sikhim at elevations from 7000 to 10,000 feet or higher, and at a lower elevation in the Cachar hills. The only other known locality is the island of Formosa. A rare bird.
Habits, &c Two nests taken at Hungrum in Cachar on June 22nd by Mr. E. C. Stuart Baker were the usual rough platforms of sticks nearly 9 inches in diameter, sparsely lined with feathers— a remarkable character. Each contained a single egg, one measuring 1.55 by 1.15, the other 1.5 by 1.17.