Bluish ash; sides of the neck with green and purple reflections; some of the wing-coverts spotted with black, forming an irregular transverse bar; rump bluish gray; tip of the tail black.
C. (Enas, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. 11. p. 445. Id. Pig. et Gall. torn. 1. p. 118. Stock-Dove, Selb. Must. vol. 1. p. 408. pl. 56*. f. 1.
Entire length twelve inches six lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) eight lines and a half, (from the gape) eleven lines and a half; of the tarsus one inch; of the tail four inches; from the carpus to the end of the wing eight inches six lines.
Head and throat deep bluish gray; sides of the neck glossed with metallic hues of green and purple; back brownish gray; rump and upper tail-coverts pale bluish ash; breast pale vinaceous red; belly, thighs, and under tail-coverts, bluish gray; quills dusky, passing into bluish gray at the base of the feathers; wing-coverts of the same colour as the back, but rather paler; some of the greater ones, as well as the three last secondary quills, spotted with black, forming an irregular bar across the wings: tail bluish ash passing into black at the extremity; the outer web of the external feather with an oblong white spot towards the base: irides deep reddish brown: feet red. (Egg). White: oval: long. diam. one inch six lines and a half; trans, diam. one inch two lines.
Inhabits woods with the preceding species, but is less plentiful and more local. Not uncommon in some of the midland and eastern counties, where it remains the whole year. Builds in the hollows of old pollard trees, and lays two eggs. Does not cooe like the Ring-Dove, but utters a hollow rumbling note, heard at intervals throughout the spring and summer months. Flocks with that species in the Winter, and supports itself in the same manner.