1306. Turtur communis.
Columba turtur, Linn, Syst. Nat. i, p. 284 (1766). Turtur communis, Selby, Nat. Libr., Ornith. v, pp. 153, 171 (1835), descr. nulla ; St. John, Ibis, 1889, p. 174. Turtur auritus, Bay, G. B. Gray, List Gen. B. p. 58 (1840) ; Hume & Henders. Lah. to Yark. p. 278 ; Scully, S. F. iv, p. 177; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 92; Scully, ibid. p. 585 ; Swinhoe, Ibis, 1882, p. 117. Turtur turtur, Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 396.
Coloration. Head and neck bluish grey above, and the tips of the black feathers forming the neck-patches white instead of grey; breast lilac rather than vinous ; abdomen white, the flanks ashy; whole outer webs of outermost pair of tail-feathers pure white like the tips ; lower tall-coverts also pure white. In other respects this species is identical with T. ferrago in colouring, but it is considerably smaller.
Bill greyish black ; orbital skin purple; irides orange-yellow; legs and feet purplish red; claws black (Scully).
Length about 11; tail 4.5 ; wing 6.5; tarsus .85; bill from gape .85.
Distribution. Migratory in the "Western Palaearctic region, visiting Northern Africa, Southern Persia, &c, in winter. This Dove ranges to the eastward as far as Yarkand and Kashghar. A few stragglers have been obtained at Gilgit and at Quetta, at both places in summer.