1315. Geopelia striata.
The Barred Ground-Dove.
Columba striata, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 282 (1766). Geopelia striata, Blyth. Cat. p. 235 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 323 : Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 423 ; Hume, Cat. no. 797 ter; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 298; Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 458.
Coloration. Anterior half of crown, cheeks, chin, and throat ashy grey ; occiput and nape light reddish brown; hind neck, sides of neck and of breast, and flanks closely barred black and white; back, wing-coverts, rump, and upper tail-coverts light brown, each feather with a terminal black bar ; quills darker brown, the inner webs chestnut towards the base; middle tail-feathers brown, the others blackish brown, the four outer pairs with long white tips; middle of breast pale vinous, passing into white on the abdomen ; lower tail-coverts white; wing-lining chestnut, finely barred with black.
In the young the whole plumage is barred above and below.
Bill bluish white; irides generally white, occasionally grey-brown or pale slaty blue ; orbital skin pale clear blue, tinged with green; legs and feet pink, claws dirty greenish blue (Davison).
Length about 9 ; tail 4.3; wing 4; tarsus .75; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. The Malay Peninsula and Archipelago to the Philippines and Celebes. This Dove ranges into the extreme south of Tenasserim, where it was found by Davison about the higher parts of the Pakchan.
Habits. Very similar to those of Turtur. This little Dove is found singly or in pairs about cultivation, and keeps much to the ground, feeding on seeds. Its note is quite peculiar.