902. Turtur suratensis

902. SURAT TURTLE-DOVE.
TURTUR SURATENSIS.
Turtur suratensis (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 778 (1788) ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxi. p. 444 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 43.
Chitroka fakhta, Hindu.
Male ad. (India). Head and nape vinous, forehead bluish ; lower hind neck black closely spotted with, while ; upper parts brownish spotted with warm buff, the spots fading on the lower back and rump, which latter is tinged with blue ; outer edge of wing dove-blue, with long blackish terminal spots ; quills and middle tail feathers brown, the other tail feathers blackish slate on the basal and bluish on the terminal half, the two outer feathers on each side white on the terminal half ; chin whitish ; neck, breast, and upper abdomen rosy vinous, fading to whitish on lower abdomen ; under tail-coverts white ; bill dull blackish plumbeous ; legs dark purplish red ; iris dark hazel surrounded by a reddish sclerotic ; orbital skin red. Culmen 0.8, wing 5.4, tail 5.3, tarsus 0.85 inch. Female rather smaller. Young duller and lacking the black and white on the hind neck.
Hab. Afghanistan, the Himalaya up to 7,000 feet ; India and Ceylon.
Frequents well-wooded districts and gardens, and has a plaintive trisyllabic note. It breeds throughout the year, in Northern India from October to May, placing its slight nest of sticks on a bush or low tree, and lays 2 pure white eggs, which measure about 1.06 by 0.82.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
902. Turtur suratensis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
902
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
651
Common name: 
Surat Turtle Dove
M_ID: 
5009
M_SN: 
Spilopelia chinensis suratensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
11004

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