Turtur senegalensis, Lin.
794. :- T. cambayensis, Gm. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 478; 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 LITTLE BROWN DOVE.
Length, 10 to 10.5 ; expanse, 14 ; wing, 5 ; tail, 4.5.
Bill blackish; irides dark-brown ; legs lake-red.
Above brown, the head and upper part of the neck pinkish-vinaceous ; wing-coverts, except towards the scapulars, pure light-grey ; winglet, primaries, and their coverts dusky ; the secondaries tinged with grey; tail with the middle feathers brown ; the others black at the base, white for nearly their terminal half; beneath the neck and breast pinkish-vinaceous, paling below, and passing to white on the belly and lower tail-coverts ; the sides of the neck with a patch on each side, nearly meeting at the base, rufous tipped ; the black hardly apparent, except when the neck is stretched.
The Little Brown Dove is exceedingly common throughout the whole region, both on the hills and plains. It is a permanent resident.