891. Columba trocaz

891. Madeiran Dove.
COLUMBA TROCAZ.
Columba trocaz, Heineken in Brewst. Journ. Sc. 1829, p. 228 ; Jardine and Selby, Ill. Orn. ii. pl. 98 ; Dresser, vii. p. 33, pl. 161 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxi. p. 289.
Pombo trocaz, in Madeira.
Male ad. (Madeira). Dove-blue, somewhat paler on the head, fore-neck, lower back, rump, and under parts ; feathers on the sides and back of neck tipped with silvery grey ; hind-neck and fore-back glossed with green and purple ; primary coverts and quills slaty black, the latter with narrow grey margins ; tail dark plumbeous slate with a broad subterminal slate- blue band ; breast vinous red ; bill and bare space round the eye coral-red, the former tipped with blackish ; legs coral-red ; iris straw-yellow. Culmen 1.0, wing 9.2, tail 7.4, tarsus 1.38 inch. Female similar.
In habits it does not differ from its allies, and like them lays a single white egg in a nest made of twigs, which is placed in a tree, usually a laurel, at a considerable height above the ground. The egg is rather large, measuring 1.98 by 1.20, and fresh eggs may be found at almost all seasons.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
891. Columba trocaz
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
891
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
644
Common name: 
Madeiran Dove
M_ID: 
4847
M_CN: 
Trocaz Pigeon
M_SN: 
Columba trocaz
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10518

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