889. Columba laurivora

889. CANARIAN DOVE.
COLUMBA LAURIVORA.
Columba laurivora, Webb and Berthelot, Orn. Canar, p. 26, pl. 3, lower fig. (1841) ; Dresser, vii. p. 31, pl. 460 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxi. p. 297.
Rabiblanco, in the Canaries.
Male ad. (Ganaries). Head, neck, and back dull slate-blue, the crown and nape glossed with green, the sides of the neck with purplish red and green ; upper surface of wings brownish slate ; quills dark brown ; tail pale brownish ash-grey, becoming paler towards the middle, and greyish white at the tip ; throat-feathers reddish tipped with green ; rest of under parts coppery red, the under tail-coverts slate-blue ; bill white, but pink at the base ; legs dark red ; iris yellowish. Culmen 1.2, wing 8.6, tail 6.2, tarsus 1.5 inch. Female similar.
Hab. The islands of Gomera and Palma. Ganaries.
Is peculiar to the Canaries, and is essentially a forest bird, frequenting the wilder and less accessible parts of the islands of Gomera and Palma, where it feeds on laurel berries and tender buds, grain, &c. It breeds in the forests, and in May deposits a single egg, which is pure white, and measures about 1.68 by 1.12.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
889. Columba laurivora
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
889
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
643
Common name: 
Canarian Dove
M_ID: 
1661
M_CN: 
Yellow-billed Loon
M_SN: 
Gavia adamsii
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10115

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