(1876) Streptopelia chinensis ceylonensis.
THE CEYLON SPOTTED DOVE.
Turtur ceylonensis Reichenbach, Vol. Nat, Tauten, fig. 3373 (1851) (Ceylon). Turtur suratensis. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 43.
Vernacular names. Moni-praa (Tam., Ceylon); Kobeya, Alli-kobeya (Cing.).
Description. Differs from the Indian Spotted Dove in its much smaller size.
Colours of soft parts as in the Indian Spotted Dove. Measurements. Wing 123 to 129 mm.
Nidification. Phillips has taken a fine series of this little Dove's eggs, principally in the months December and March, but also in July, August and September. The nests, of twigs and rootlets, are placed in bushes and small trees between six and twelve feet from the ground. Sometimes they are placed in rubber-trees in plantations, sometimes in scrub-jungle or thin forest and sometimes on bushes in gardens and cultivated land about villages. Thirty eggs average 25.7 x 20.0 mm.: maxima 29.2 x 19.8 and 26.3 X 21.0 mm.; minima 23.7 X 19.8 and 25.2 x 19.0 mm.
Habits. Those of the species.