Carpophaga aenea, Lin.
780. :- C. sylvatica, Tick. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 455.
THE GREEN IMPERIAL PIGEON.
Length, 18 to 19 ; expanse, 30 ; wing, 8 to 9 ; tail, 6.
Bill slaty, red at the base above, and bluish-white at the tip ; irides and the nude orbits crimson ; legs lake-red, pale on the soles.
Head, neck, and whole under parts, pearl-grey, purer on the crown and breast, and tinged elsewhere, and sometimes on the crown, with ruddy-vinaceous ; back, rump, wings, and tail, shining coppery-green, brightest on the tail, and the quills slaty-grey without, dark blackish-grey within ; under tail-coverts deep chesnut, with which some of the feathers of the vent and flanks are also sprinkled ; chin, orbital feathers and round the base of the bill, white ; axillaries buff.
Jerdon states in his " Birds of India" that the Green Imperial Pigeon is abundant in Central India, and that he found it breeding there in April and May. I have myself never met with it.