Palaeornis columboides, Vigors.
151. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 261; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 384.
THE BLUE-WINGED PAROQUET.
Length, 15 ; wing, 6 ; tail, 875 ; bill from gape, 07. Bill, above cherry-red, beneath dusky ; legs and feet greenish-plumbeous.
Head: hind-neck, inter-scapularies, and the plumage beneath, generally, pale dove-grey, purest on the head and cheeks; a verdigris-green patch on the forehead, lores, and below the eye; a black collar round the neck, meeting at the chin ; and in front of this, there is a verdigris-green collar, which widens on the upper part of the neck; the lower part of the back, rump, and upper tail-coverts, blue-green; wing-coverts and scapulars dark blue-green; the feathers edged pale ; the primary-coverts and quills darkish blue, faintly edged with green externally, and dusky on the inner webs; tail, with the centre feathers blue, tipped with yellowish-white; the next pair blue on the outer web, greenish near the base, and tipped yellow; all the others green externally, yellow internally; lower abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts pale verdigris-green.
The female wants the collar, or has only a faint indication of it, and the bill is black.
The Blue-winged Paroquet is common on the Ghats to the west of Belgaum, and it also occurs on the Sahyadri range quite as far north as Khandalla.
It does not occur elsewhere within our limits.