(1875) Streptopelia chinensis forresti.
THE YUNNAN SPOTTED DOVE.
Streptopelia chinensis fo?resti Rothschild, Nov. Zool., xxxii, p. 293 (1926) (Tengueh, Yunnan).
Vernacular names. None Reported.
Description. " Differs from S. suratensis, greyer, less brownish, head and neck; in the less distinct rusty-buff markings and paler ground-colour of the back and interscapulium ; in the absence on the upper large and small wing-coverts of the vinaceous patches, which are replaced by irregular more or less obsolete rusty markings; by the narrower central black stripes on the upper wing-coverts; by the darker breast; by the brighter blue-grey of the edge of the wing and outer coverts; and by the buff, not whitish or whitish-buff, under tail-coverts" (Rothschild).
Colours of soft parts. Iris creamy-yellow (Forrest).
Measurements as in tigrina.
Distribution. Yunnan between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Rothschild includes a bird from Katha, Ruby Mines District, in this race and presumably the Kachin birds are nearer this form than S.c. tigrina but the differences are very slight.
Nidification. Harington found this race breeding freely at Myingyan and in the hills North-East of Bhamo, i. e. just a little West of the Tengueh Hills but in continuous ranges with them. Two eggs obtained by him measure 28.0 x 21.5 and 28.2 x 21.4 mm.
Habits. Those of the species. Forrest obtained this bird between 7,000 and 8,000 feet both in bamboo-jungle and in forests.