India Blue Peafowl
The national bird of India, they find there home in thick forests along hillside streams. Birds spend their days in small groups consisting of a male and 3-4 females. They feed on everthing from fruit to gains to small snakes. At night they gather in large numbers, as many as 100, to roost in the highest trees that are well out in the open so that they can see in all directions. Breeding begins in June, females nest on the ground, laying 8-10 eggs.
Tying with India Blue Peafowl Feathers
When someone says peacock - this is the one that comes to mind. With its iridescent blue breast, golden green back and bronzy train - it sure is a visually impressive bird. The fly tier and crafter for that matter have used peacock in so many ways.
For the salmon fly tier the tan shoulders with their dark speckling is called for in many married and mixed wing flies. The blue breast feathers are used for hackles, veilings and even wrapped for bodies on salmon flies such as the Erin Go Bragh. Creative tiers know this bird well using all manner of body feathers for all manner of uses as sides, cheeks, wings and tails.
Let us not forget the herl from the train feathers used for butts on salmon, steelhead and streamer flies. Bunches of herl have been used for wings on salmon flies like the Beauly Snow Fly, underwings on streamers and backs on saltwater flies. The sword or side train feathers with their bright green iridescent color are use in salmon flies such as the Jock Scott.
The eyes feathers of the train have been used on large Mary Orvis Marbury bass flies. Let’s not forget the crest feathers that have been used artistically for many patterns over the years as tails and veilings. Crafters and jewelry makers have made use of many parts of this bird for earrings, brooches, decorative adornments and even cat toys. A very useful bird no doubt!
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Crests, Neck, & Scaled Feathers
Just about every feather on a peacock has a use in fly tying. So here are the feathers from the front end of the bird. The neck hackle is a cobalt blue and comes in a wide ranges of sizes, as do the scaled feathers.
|6 feathers - $15||12 feathers - $10||6 feathers - $15|
The shoulder feathers and a few secondary wing quills on a peacock have a beautiful tan mottled pattern. These feathers have always been popular with tyers, the longer the barb length the better. Check out the picture on the right to see a size comparison.
Train and Tail Feathers
The eyed, sword, and spade feathers are train, or display feathers and the a peacock's true tail feathers are grey. Also listed here are the corresponding hen feathers. Peacocks don't get their full train until they are three, however, the first and second year plumes have some interesting spey applications.
|Females & Immature Males|
|train||tails||1st yr male||2nd yr male|
Everyone is familiar with marabou and chickabou, well here is something new, peac-a-bou! The only difference is that these feathers come from a Peacock. Well, that and the size, check out the picture on the right!
5 Large - $15
5 Medium - $10
5 Small - $5
And last but not least, peacock herl. It is that natural material with a majical quality that fish find irresistable. Strung herl comes in two lengths, however, the best herl come straight from the bird. These sticks I have collected from our older males, the herl is thick, fresh, and not brittle.
14" Bundle- $
8" Bundle - $
10 Sticks - $
|8" herl||14" herl||herl - sticks|
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|India Blue - Male||$500.00|
Noticably longer legged than the India Blue, the Java Green has a pronounced green hue.
Parallel uses make most of the feathers from this bird interchangeable with the Blue.
However, the crest feathers are vastly different offering the creative tier or crafter more options.
I'm looking for pictures of flies and the recipies you used to tie them. Please give me a call or email me for more information.
Peahen with chicks
The scaled feathers come in a wide range of sizes
Some birds have more of a green cast to them
The eyed feathers range from just a few inches long to over 3 feet.
This picture shows the difference between the eyes found on a java green and an Indian blue
These puffs are huge! The black is marabou and the olive is chickabou
Dyed yellow, these are far and away the best eagle hackle subs
If you are looking for some different color patterns, check out the page on Designer Peafowl