1285. Carpophaga insularis

1285. Carpophaga insularis.

The Nicobar Imperial Pigeon.

Carpophaga sylvatica (Tickell), var., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 371. Carpophaga insularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxvii, p. 270 (1858); id. Ibis, 1868, p. 133: Ball, J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. 2. p. 32 ; id. S. F. i, p. 79 ; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 262 ; iv, p. 291 ; id. N. & E. p. 496; id. Cat. no. 780 bis ; Oates in Hume's N. E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 367 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 185.

Coloration. Similar to that of C. aenea, except that the grey of the head, neck, and lower parts is purer, without any pink or vinous tinge; the back, rump, and wings are dark metallic bluish or purplish green, the tail being still darker and more purplish above ; the quills are nearly black above, and the lower tail-coverts dull rufous-brown.

Bill pale plumbeous, paler at tip, darker at base ; irides red, varying in tint; eyelids pale lavender ; legs and feet deep pink to livid purple (Hume).

Length about 18.5 ; tail 6.5 ; wing 10; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape 1.6.

Distribution. Peculiar to the Nicobar Islands.

Habits, &c. Similar to those of C. aenea : the breeding-season, according to Davidson, is in February and March.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1285. Carpophaga insularis
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1285
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
20
Common name: 
Nicobar Imperial Pigeon
M_ID: 
5715
M_CN: 
Nicobar Imperial Pigeon
M_SN: 
Ducula nicobarica
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1814

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