Turtur suratensis, Gm.
795. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 479 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 3; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 420; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 203; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 130.
THE SPOTTED DOVE.
Length, 12; expanse, 16.5 ; wing, 5.75 ; tail, 5.5. Bill dull leaden-black; irides dark hazel ; legs dark purplish-rod.
Head pale-vinaceous, greyish on the forehead; upper parts generally dusky, each feather with two pale rufous-isabelline terminal spots, enlarging and spreading up each side of the feather upon the wing-coverts; the blackish contracting to a central streak having broad pale vinaceous lateral borders ; edge of the wing, with some of the nearest coverts, light grey; tail with the central feathers brown, the outermost ones black at the base, white for the terminal half, and the others intermediate in their coloring ; lower parts pale vinaceous, more or less albescent on the throat and passing to white on the vent and lower tail-coverts.
The Spotted Dove occurs more or less abundantly throughout the district. It is a permanent resident, but appears much more commoner at some- times than at others.