Genus COLUMBA

Genus COLUMBA.

Columba Linn., Syst. Nat,, 10th ed i, p. 1758.

Type, Columba palumbus Linn. Desig. by Selby, Ill. Brit. Birds, March 1925.

In this genus the tails are short or moderate, the tips of the wings reaching to, or almost to, the end of the tail; the tarsi are bare and the feet well fitted for walking; the nostrils are narrow and obliquely set in the swollen cere; the wings are long and pointed, the first or second primaries being longest, or rather rounded, the first quill being about equal to the fourth.

Key to Species.

A.Tail less than two-thirds of wing in length.
A.No collar-patch on side of neck.
a1. No white band across tail .................C. livia, p. 219.
b1. A white baud across tail.
a2. Head and fore-neck grey.....................C. rupestris, p. 222.
b2. Head slaty-black, fore-neck white................C. leuconota, p. 224.
B.A collar-patch on either side of neck.................C. aenas, p. 225.
B.Tail more than two-thirds length of wing.
c.A conspicuous white bar across and under tail...............C. palumbus, p. 227.
d.No white bar across tail below.
e1. A patch of black, white-tipped feathers on either side of the base of the neck.
c2. Head above and lower parts grey…………C. elphinstonii, p. 228.
d2. Head above and lower parts lilac………….C. torringtonii, p. 229.
d1. A collar of black feathers, tipped with glossy buff..............C. pulchricollis, p, 230.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Genus COLUMBA
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
219
M_ID: 
4814
M_SN: 
Columba
Volume: 
Vol. 5
Term name: 
id: 
4521

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