1274. Osmotreron affinis.
The Grey-fronted Green Pigeon.
Vinago aromatica, pt., apud Jerdon, Madr. Jour. L. S. xii, p. 13 (1840). nee Columba aromatica, Gm. Vinago affinis, Jerdon, I. c. J (1840). Vinago malabarica, Jerdon, III. Ind. Orn. letterpress to pi. 21 (1845). Treron malabarica, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 852; id. Cat. p. 229. Osmotreron malabarica, Bp. Consp. ii, p. 13 ; Jerdon, B. I. iii, p. 450; Hume, N. & E. p. 493; Fairbank, S. F. iv, p. 261 ; v, p.. 408 ; Hume & Board. S. F. iv, p. 403; Hume, ibid. p. 424 ; id. Cat. no. 775; Vidal, S. F. ix, p. 74: Butler, ibid. p. 419; Davison, S. F. x, p. 406; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 286; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 375 ; Davidson, Jour. Bom. N. H. Soc. v, p. 320; Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 45. Osmotreron affinis (Jerdon), Walden, Tr. Zool. Soc. ix, p. 212.
Poda putsa guwa, Tel.
Differs from O. phayrei in having the crown lighter ashy, the area occupied by the colour being less extensive and ill-defined, blending gradually into the green of the sides of the head and back of the neck, especially at the nape. The male, too, wants the orange of the breast, and the mantle is duller and deeper red with a vinous or purplish tinge.
Horny portion of bill bluish white ; rest of bill pale bluish green ; irides, outer ring pink, inner bright pale blue; legs and feet lake-pink, claws bluish white (Davison).
Length about 10.75 ; tail 3.6; wing 5.75 ; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. Forests of the Malabar coast from the neighbourhood of Bombay to Cape Comorin. Jerdon states that he also obtained this pigeon in " Central India " and in the Eastern Ghats, but neither the late Dr. V. Ball nor I met with this species in the area specified; the name does not occur in either of the lists of Shevroy birds for which I am indebted to Mr. Daly and Dr. Warth, and no one, so far as I know, has obtained this bird away from the Malabar coast since Jerdon's time *.
Habits, &c. Eggs, measuring about 1.08 by .85, have been taken from January to April.