Turtur tranquebaricus, Herm.
797. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 482 ; T. humilis, Tem., Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 3 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 421; T. humilis, Tem., Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 204; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 131.
THE RUDDY RING DOVE.
Length, 9.25; expanse, 15; wing, 5.3; tail, 3.3; tarsus, 0.7; bill at front, 0.5.
Bill black ; irides dark-brown; legs purplish-red. ; Male, head ashy-grey, paler towards the forehead, a black half collar, well set off by whitish above ; general color above fine vinous or brick-red; the rump and upper tail-coverts dusky-ash ; winglet, primaries and their coverts, and the secondaries, blackish; tail, with the middle feathers, ash-brown, the rest blackish at the base, and broadly tipped with white, successively more broadly from the centre, and spreading up the whole exterior web of the outermost feather; beneath the chin whitish, rest of the lower parts pale vinous-red; vent and lower tail-coverts white, tinged with ashy ; wing beneath light-ashy. The female is a trifle smaller, and of a dull earthy-brown paler below.
The Ruddy Ring Dove is very locally distributed, but is found in all portions of the region with which I am dealing. It is a permanent resident, building the usual frail stick nest, and laying the inevitable two white eggs.