Domesticated as early as 1475 B.C. by the ancient Egyptians, they originated from one of several wild helmeted species found on what used to be called the "Guinea coast" of West Africa. Today they are widely held for their appetites for ticks. Several color variants are recognized including chocolate, slate, and porcelain.
Tying with Common Guinea Feathers
Plumage from this bird has been used by tiers and crafters since the nineteenth century.
Feathers from all over the bird are used in classic salmon flies for throats, in mixed and married wings and tails. Mary Orvis Marbury gives many patterns for lake, bass and trout flies in Famous Flies And Their Histories.
They employ both undyed and dyed body feathers. The earliest mention of a salmon fly is the Gaudy Fly that uses a whole body feather for a side on the wing. The dyed feathers also present the tier and crafter with many possibilities for new work.
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