Crocopus phoenicopterus. Lath.
772. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 447 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 2.
THE BENGAL GREEN PIGEON.
Length, 12.5 ; expanse, 22 ; wing, 7.5 ; tail, 5 ; bill at front, 0.8.
Bill whitish ; irides carmine, with an outer ring of smalt-blue; feet deep-yellow.
Top of the head, and sides of the base of the neck, (forming a demi-collar) ash-grey, contrasting with the yellow-green of the back of the neck ; a green tinge on the forehead ; the rest of the plumage green; shoulders of the wing lilac in the male, and with a trace of the same in the female ; the greater-coverts margined with pale-yellow, forming an oblique bar across the wing; the terminal two-fifths of the tail ash-grey above, deeply tinged with green, albescent beneath, with the medial portion blackish ; beneath, the neck and breast are bright yellow-green, with a shade of fulvous, and the abdominal region ash-grey; the lower belly generally more or less mixed with green, but bright yellow in the middle, as are the tibial feathers ; vent mingled white and green ; under tail-coverts dull vinous-maroon, with white tips, inclining to greenish in the female.
The Bengal Green Pigeon has only doubtfully been recorded from Mount Aboo. It does not occur elsewhere within our limits.