1863. Columba torringtonii

(1863) Columba torringtonii.

THE CEYLON Wood-Pigeon.

Palumbus torringtonii Bonpte., Consp. Gen. AY., ii, p. 42 (1854) (Ceylon). Alsocomus pulchricollis. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 36.

Vernacular names. Nila-goya (Cing., Cent. Provinces, Ceylon); Mahrilla goya (Cing. apud Layard).

Description. Differs from the preceding bird in having no brown on the mantle; the head and neck are grey, glossed with lilac; the neck-patch is smaller, the feathers tipped with white instead of buff and with the green edges very fine or wanting; upper back glossed with lilac or copper-purple ; remaining upper parts deep slaty, almost blackish-grey, the rump greyer; the lower neck and breast are reddish-grey glossed with a purple sheen; remaining underparts dull reddish-ashy, paler on the abdomen and darkest on the under tail-coverts.

Colours of soft parts. " Iris pale red; orbital skin dull pink; bill plumbeous, apical portion bluish; legs and feet pinkish-fleshy, toes and soles red ; legs sometimes white with the fronts of the tarsus and tops of the toes reddish " (Legge).

Measurements. Wing 182 to 208 mm.; culmen 14.5 to 16.5 mm.

Distribution. Ceylon.

Nidification. Bligh records this Pigeon as breeding on lofty trees in forest in both Spring and Autumn as late as October and Mr. C. E. Butler took a single egg from a nest in a small tree in forest on November 11th. The egg measured 44.4 x 28"4 mm. Two eggs taken for me by Jenkins in January 1907 measure only 39.0 x 29.0 and 39.0 x 29.9 mm. and were taken from nests high up in tall trees in dense forest.

Habits. This is a forest-bird, keeping to high trees in dense forest. When the cinnamon fruit is ripe this is said to form its staple diet. Its flight is swift and powerful and its note a deep guttural "coo."

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
1863. Columba torringtonii
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Page No: 
Common name: 
Ceylon Wood Pigeon
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon
Columba torringtoniae
Vol. 5

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