Turtur risorius, Lin.
796. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 481; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 3; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 420; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 204 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 130.
THE COMMON RING DOVE.
Length, 12.5 to 13 ; expanse, 20; wing, 6.5; tail, 5.
Bill blackish; irides crimson; feet dark pink-red.
Head delicate pale vinous-grey, more or less whitish on the forehead; nape pale vinaceous ; a narrow black collar on the nape Set off with whitish above, and slightly so below ; upper plumage uniform light grey-brown ; edge of the wing pure ashy ; primaries dusky with slight whitish margins bordering their tips; middle tail-feathers uniform with the back above; the lateral feathers marked with black about the middle, passing to greyish on the basal half, and to white on the terminal, and these successively more pronounced externally ; beneath very pale vinaceous, whitish on the throat, passing to light-greyish towards the vent, and the lower tail-coverts pure ashy; wings underneath greyish-white.
The Common Ring Dove occurs abundantly throughout the region, and is a permanent resident.