Palaeornis eupatria, Lin.
147. :- Palceornis alexandri, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 256 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 457; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 62.
THE ALEXANDRINE PAROQUET.
Length, 21; wing, 8.25 ; tail, 11.5; bill at gape, 1.25. Bill deep red, yellowish beneath; irides pale yellow; feet plumbeous.
Adult male, green, brilliant emeraldine on the head and face, duller on the back, paler beneath, inclining to dingy on the breast and yellowish on the chin and lower tail-coverts; quills bluish; the inner edge of the inner webs dusky; tail with the two centre feathers bright green at their base, pale bluish-green for the remaining two-thirds, and tipped yellowish ; the outer feathers light green on the outer webs, yellowish-green' internally; a black stripe from the base of the lower mandible crossing round behind the ears, and a demi-collar of peach-rose color on the nape and sides of the neck; in front of this collar the feathers are glaucous; a dark red spot on the shoulders of the wings, and some of the feathers of the wing-coverts and scapulars narrowly edged with dusky ; a narrow line from the nostrils to the eye tinged with black.
The female wants the collar of the male, and is generally less brightly colored.
The Alexandrine Paroquet is not uncommon on the Vindhian range and the jungles adjacent; and it also occurs not infrequently in the better wooded portions of Rajpootana and Central India; one was obtained at Mount Aboo by Captain Butler. It does not occur either in the Deccan or in any part of Sind.