1275. Osmotreron pompadora.
The Pompadour Green Pigeon.
Columba pompadora, Gm. Syst. Nat. i, p. 775 (1788). Treron pompadora, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxi, p. 350. Treron flavogularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxvi, p. 225 (1857). Osmotreron flavogularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxxi, p. 344; Jerdon, B. I. iii, p. 452; Blyth, Ibis, 1865, p. 45 ; 1867, p. 148; Legge, Ibis, 1874, p. 25. Osmotreron pompadora, Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 465; Hume, S. F iii, p. 162; vi, p. 414 ; id. Cat. no. 777; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 728; Parker, S. F. ix, p. 481; Layard, Ibis,'1880, p. 283; Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 51.
Batia-goya, Cing.; Patcha-prau, Alam-praa, Tamul in Ceylon.
Coloration. Male. Forehead, lores, and cheeks greenish yellow, becoming purer yellow on the chin and throat and ashy green on the vertex ; rest of the upper parts as in 0. phayrei, except that the mantle is of a duller red, as in 0. affinis. Lower parts from . throat green ; lower flanks dark green tipped with yellowish ; lower tail-coverts buff.
The female has not the chestnut on the mantle, which is olive-green, and has more green on the basal part of the lower tail-coverts than the male.
Bill glaucous-green, paling to bluish on the apical portion; irides carmine-red, with a cobalt inner circle; eyelids glaucous-green ; legs and feet purple red (Legge).
Length about 10.5; tail 3.6; wing 5.6; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. Ceylon, throughout the inland forests and well-wooded districts. Jerdon states that this pigeon occurs in Southern India, and he once described a bird tnat he shot in Malabar, and which possessed the characters of the present species, but no speci¬men appears to have been obtained in Southern India by any other collector.
Habits, &c. Similar to those of other species. The eggs measure about 1.15 by .88, according to Mr. Parker.
* It is a very rare thing for Jerdon to be mistaken, but it should be borne in mind that he depended chiefly on his memory, which was singularly good, for localities, and, as a rule, neither labelled his specimens nor kept them in his own possession.