Palaeornis torquatus, Bodd.
148. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 257 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 457; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 384; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 112; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 62.
THE ROSE-RINGED PAROQUET.
Length, 16.5 ; wing, 6.5 to 7 ; tail, 9.5; bill from gape,1.
Bill cherry-red ; irides pale yellow; feet cinereous.
Adult male: head and face emerald-green ; a dark line from the nostrils to the front of the eye, indistinct round the base of the narrow cere ; hind-neck and nape glaucous or light-ashy, succeeded on the sides of the neck by a black demi-collar meeting under the chin and followed by another of a peach-rose color; back, scapulars, and tertiaries dull-green ; upper tail-coverts emerald-green ; entire under-surface pale green, yellowish towards the vent; primaries, their coverts and secondaries, dark-green, their inner webs and under-surface dusky; tail-feathers dark-green, their inner webs and under-surface yellowish, the two centre feathers dark-green at their base, bluish for the remaining two-thirds and tipped yellowish, all black shafted; under wing-coverts greenish-yellow.
The female wants the rose collar, but has a bright emeraldine narrow green collar in its place.
The Rose-ringed Paroquet occurs in vast flocks, throughout the district; it is a permanent resident, breeding during February and March, in holes in trees or stone walls, occasionally under roof tiles; when the nest hole is in a tree, it is often two or three feet in extent.
There is no nest; the eggs, four in number, are deposited on any chips that may have accidentally fallen whilst the hole was being enlarged; they are oval in shape, pure glossless white in color, and measure 1.2 in length by. 0.95 in breadth.
The absurd attitude and affected manner of the female during the courting season in the endeavour to attract the notice of her mate is highly entertaining; the male, on the other hand, seems to take little notice of it, beyond rewarding her with an occasional kiss.