1300. Alsocomus torringtoniae.
The Ceylon Wood-Pigeon.
Palumbus elphinstonei, var., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xx, p. 178 (1851). Palumbus torringtonii, Kelaart, Prodrom. Faun. Zeyl. pp. 107, 130 (1852), descr. nulla,; Bonap. Consp. Av. ii, p. 42 (1854); Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 306 ; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 424; id. Cat. no. 786 bis ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 348. Palumbus torringtoniae, Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 466; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 693, pl. xxx. Columba torringtoniae, Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 303.
Coloration. Very similar to that of the last species, but the crown and lower parts are more lilac and the brown of the mantle is wanting. The head and neck are greyish lilac with a lilac gloss, changing to green; the large nuchal patch is black with white spots; the base of the neck and upper back are richly glossed with reddish lilac; the rest of the upper plumage, including the interscapulary region with the wings and tail, blackish brown with a slight gloss; the rump more leaden grey; lower parts reddish grey; chin whitish; breast dark, glossed with reddish lilac, abdomen paler, under tail-coverts darker, and wing-lining blackish brown.
Basal half of bill plumbeous ; apical or corneous portion bluish ; irides pale red; orbital skin pink ; tarsus red, paler behind; claws fleshy white (Legge).
Length about 14; tail 5.25; wing 7.5; tarsus .95 ; bill from gape 1.1.
Distribution. Peculiar to the hill forests of Ceylon.
Habits, &c. This also is a fruit-eating bird rarely found away from forests. It has, according to Legge, a fine deep note, but not so guttural as that of the Imperial Pigeon. It drinks in the morning about 9 A.M. It is said to breed both in spring and autumn, and to place its nest on high trees.