Crocopus chlorigaster, Blyth.
773. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 448 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 2 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 419 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 200 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 130.
THE SOUTHERN GREEN PIGEON.
Length, 13; expanse, 22; wing, 7; tail, 4.5 ; tarsus, 0.8 ; bill at front, 0.8 ; bill from gape, 1.
Bill whitish, tinted blue at base and beneath ; irides carmine ; legs waxy-yellow.
This species differs from the last in having the whole top of the head ashy, devoid in adults, of the slightest tinge of green on the forehead, and the whole under parts are green ; the neck and breast, too, are less tinged with yellow, and shade gradually into the green of the belly ; there is no trace of green upon the tail, except at its extreme base, which is uniformly ash above.
The Southern Green Pigeon occurs in suitable localities in all parts of the Presidency, but it is very rare in Sind, having only been obtained near the frontier at Jacobabad. It is a permanent resident, making the usual dove-like nest. The eggs, two in number, are oval in shape, and glossy pure white in color. They measure 1.25 inches in length by 0.95 in breadth.