Turtur meena, Sykes.
793. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 476 ; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 420 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 130.
THE RUFOUS TURTLE DOVE.
Length, 11.5 to 12.5; wing, 7; tail, 4.5.
Bill blackish, tinged lake-red; irides orange; legs dull purple. General color vinaceous-brown, ashy on the forehead and crown, and whitish towards the base of the bill, and more or less mixed with ashy and, dusky above; rump and upper tail-coverts deep grey; wing-coverts and scapulars dusky, broadly margined with rufous; secondary-coverts usually" ashy; winglet and primaries, with their coverts dusky, the latter edged with whitish ; tail dusky-ash, the outer feathers successively more broadly tipped with deep grey, paling on the outermost feather; beneath the chin and throat whitish; the rest of the plumage pale vinaceous-brown, deepest on the breast, and becoming albescent on the lower abdomen; vent and lower tail-coverts light grey; the neck-patch black, with grey tips, narrower than in the preceding species.
The Rufous Turtle Dove is affined very closely to the last, the principal difference being the color of the under tail-coverts. It is found in the cold weather in parts of the Deccan.