885. Columba rupestris

885. Hill ROCK-DOVE.
COLUMBA RUPESTRIS.
Columba rupestris, Bp. Consp. Gen. Av. ii. p. 48 (1857) ; Pall. Zoogr. Ross. As. i. p. 500, Tab. 35 ; Gould, B. of A. vi. pl. 54 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 385 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus, xxi. p. 250 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 30 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 729.
Male ad. (Central Asia). Differs from C. livia in having a broad, white band across the middle of the tail, in being slightly paler both above and below, and the breast tinged with lilac ; bill black ; feet lobster-red ; iris golden red. Culmen 0.64, wing 9.0, tail 5.1, tarsus 1.05 inch.
Hab. Central Asia, the Himalaya, Tibet, South-eastern Siberia, Corea, Northern and Eastern China.
Inhabits the rocky portions of the mountains in the interior of the country, but in general habits does not differ from C. livia. It usually nests in the cliffs, but when no suitable place is near it nests in buildings, and in March deposits 2 white eggs, which measure about 1.42 by 1.02.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
885. Columba rupestris
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
885
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
641
Common name: 
Hill Rock Dove
M_ID: 
4825
M_CN: 
Hill Pigeon
M_SN: 
Columba rupestris
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
10346

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