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Argus Pheasant

The fluid call of this most solitary of pheasants can be heard up to a mile away, cutting through the dense lowland hill forest of Malaysia. Calling for any area females to come visit his dancing ground, an area in the forest that he keeps maticulusly cleared of any leaves or sticks, he is ready to go into full display the moment she might wander in. An escape tunnel is at the ready in case of danger.

Tips for Tying with Great Argus Pheasant Feathers

The large appearance of this bird belies its body size. Wings and tail feathers are often over three feet long. Revered by salmon fly tiers for a long time because the fibers stay married together with other materials the Argus has always been a strong presence in the tier’s arsenal.

There are numerous feathers that can be used for wings on salmon or steelhead flies. The eyed secondary wing feathers are the most often used but any feather with long enough fibers can be used. Also, the “snowflake” feathers, those with white spots, can make great wings.

Creative tiers will find many other uses for body feathers for throats and hackles and the back/rump feathers that have dark brown spots on a tan field make great cheeks, sides and tails. Crafters will also find many creative uses for these feathers.

 

Great Argus Pheasant Feathers - Male

     
Argus "Leopard" Feathers

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

Small - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $.00

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Mixed Selections - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Leopard Feathers


 

     
Argus "Spotted" Back Feathers

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

Small - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $.00

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Mixed Selections - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Spotted


 

     
Argus "Barred" Shoulder Feathers

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

Small - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $.00

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Mixed Selections - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Barred
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Wing Feathers

     
Argus Primary Wing Quills

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

5 inch Tail Sections

Heritage patterning in their tail feathers. No other material better immitates the segmented thorax thanthe tappere quill of a feather from a Rhode Island Red Cape.

The color is perfect and the taper is just right. The stems on todays genetic hackle are far to thin to give your fly the cigar shape you see in

 

 

 

 

Small - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $.00

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

 

Primary Wing Quills


 

     
Argus Secondary Wing Quills

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

5 inch Tail Sections

Heritage patterning in their tail feathers. No other material better immitates the segmented thorax than the tapperedquill of a feather from a Rhode Island Red Cape.

The color is perfect and the taper is just right. The stems on todays genetic hackle are far to thin to give your fly the cigar shape you see in

 

Small - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $.00

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Mixed - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Secondary Wing Quills


Paired Wing Feathers - click thumbnail to enlarge

This is the only page that these incredible skins will be offered for sale. Clicking on the thumbnail will enlarge the image. To purchase any of these 5, simply select it in the drop-down menu above.

Pair #11 Pair #12 Pair #13 Pair #14 Pair #15
$100 $100 $100 $100 $100
         

 

     
Wing Coverts    

Medium- 5 matched pair / $.00

These are the feather from the back of the neck on a male in breeding plumage.

 

 

 

Large- 5 matched pair / $.00

The breast feathers on the males have long soft fibers. Also available in yellow from the Yellow Golden.

 

 

 
 


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Tail Feathers

     
Argus Center Tails

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

5 inch Tail Sections

Heritage patterning in their tail feathers. No other material better immitates the segmented thorax than the tapperedquill of a feather from a Rhode Island Red Cape.

The color is perfect and the taper is just right. The stems on todays genetic hackle are far to thin to give your fly the cigar shape you see in

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $.00

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Mixed - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Center Tail Quill


 

     
Side Tails - "Snow Flake Pattern"    

Perfectly Matched Pairs

There are seven sets of side tails on an Am-gold. The longest are actually longer than the center tails, while the shortest are only about 3 inches long. The barb lengh on the longest tails are long and the pattern makes for some interesting flies.

 

Large - $.00 / pair

 

 

Medium - $.00 / pair

 

 

Small - $.00 / pair

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
Argus Tail Coverts    

Tail Coverts

Not quite as red as those found on a Golden, not as wide as those on an Amherst, these long sword shaped feathers are a mix of the two birds.

 

Large - $.00 / pair

 

 

Medium - $.00 / pair

 

 

Small - $.00 / pair

 

 

 

 

 

Full Set - 1 pair of each size / $40.00

 

 

 

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Argus Select Feather Slips

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

5 inch Tail Sections

Heritage patterning in their tail feathers. No other material better immitates the segmented thorax than the tapperedquill of a feather from a Rhode Island Red Cape.

 

 

Small - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $.00

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Mixed - 12 feathers / $.00

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

3" feather slips


 

 

Collector Sets

     
Tyer's Feather Assortment - Male $.00  

Here are some feathers from a breeding male. Click the image for a larger view. There you will find each pair of feathers labeled and a detailed list of the feathers inluded in the full assortments

   

25 pair Collector Set - Male


Body Contour Feathers

x-large - 1 pair

large - 3 pair

medium - 7 pair

small - 5 pair

x-small - 3 pair

crest feathers - 7

 

Wings and Tails

Blue Spotted - 2 pair

White Laced - 1 pair

Tail Quills - 1 pair

Wing Coverts - 3 pair

 

 

50 feather assortment - $75

 

 

 

 

 

     
Tyer's Feather Assortment - Female $.00  

And here is an assortment from the female. The feathers certainly are not as striking as the males, however, the mottling on the hen feathers make them quite attractive.

   

25 Pair Collector Set - Female


Body Contour Feathers

x-large - 1 pair

large - 3 pair

medium - 7 pair

small - 5 pair

x-small - 3 pair

crest feathers - 7

 

Wings and Tails

Blue Spotted - 2 pair

White Laced - 1 pair

Tail Quills - 1 pair

Wing Coverts - 3 pair

 

50 feather assortment - $75

 

 

 


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Great Argus Pheasant Feathers - Female

     
Body Contour Feathers

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

Breast Feathers - 12 feathers / $5.50

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Shoulder Feathers - 12 feathers / $7.50

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Back Feathers - 12 feathers / $9.50

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Mixed Selection - 12 feathers / $9.50

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Body Feathers


 

     
Argus Hen Primary Wing Quills

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

Perfectly Matched Pairs

Heritage patterning in their tail feathers. No other material better immitates the segmented thorax thanthe tappere quill of a feather from a Rhode Island Red Cape.

 

 

Small - 12 feathers / $5.50

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $7.50

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $9.50

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

 

Primary Wing Quills


 

     
Argus Hen Secondary Wing Quills

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

Perfectly Matched Pairs

Heritage patterning in their tail feathers. No other material better immitates the segmented thorax thanthe tapperedquill of a feather from a Rhode Island Red Cape.

 

Small - 12 feathers / $5.50

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $7.50

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $9.50

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

 

Secondary Wing Quills


 

     
Argus Hen Center Tails

These feathers are packaged and sold by color and length ranging from 1" to 3".

Matched Pairs

Heritage patterning in their tail feathers. No other material better immitates the segmented thorax than the tapperedquill of a feather from a Rhode Island Red Cape.

 

Small - 12 feathers / $5.50

These are the largest, average length is 3".

 

 

Medium - 12 feathers / $7.50

The feathers in these packs average 2" in length.

 

 

Large - 12 feathers / $9.50

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Mixed - 12 feathers / $9.50

These are the shortest crest feathers, average length 1".

 

 

Center Tails


 

     
Argus Hen Side Tails    

Perfectly Matched Pairs

There are seven sets of side tails on an Am-gold. The longest are actually longer than the center tails, while the shortest are only about 3 inches long.

 

Large - $20.00 / pair

 

 

Medium - $15.00 / pair

 

 

Small - $10.00 / pair

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
Argus Hen Tail Coverts    

Tail Coverts

Not quite as red as those found on a Golden, not as wide as those on an Amherst, these long sword shaped feathers are a mix of the two birds.

 

Large - $20.00 / pair

 

 

Medium - $15.00 / pair

 

 

Small - $10.00 / pair

 

 

 

 

 

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Full Skins

     
Argus Pheasant - Female $500.00  

5 year old male

This is probably the largest Grey I've ever come across. It is an older breeder and the feathers are in perfect shape. Truley a specimen more in line for a collector rather than be used for tying.

 

 


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<malayan peacock pheasant>Pheasants

All pheasants are native to Asia. There are 52 different breeds of these beautiful birds, 17 of which are listed as endangered.

Habitat destruction and hunting has reduced the number of these birds in the wild. The Hainan Peacock Pheasant, thought to be a subspecies of the grey, is one of these and is one of the most endangered birds in all of China. Today it is at greater risk of extinction than even the Giant Panda.

None listed here are in such danger - but with habitat destruction and population growth, it's just a matter of time.

 

Tragopans, Koklass, & Monals
Satyr Tragopan | Temmink's Tragopan | Cabot's Tragopan
Koklass
Impeyan (Himalayan Monal)

Gallo Pheasants
True Silvers | Lewis Silver | Anderson's | Crawfurd's / Lineated Kalij | Dark Feathered Kalij
Crestless Firebacks | Crested Firebacks

Long-tailed & True Pheasants
Reeve's | Coppers | Ringneck

Ruffed & Eared Pheasants
Golden | Lady Amherst | Blue Eared

Peacock Pheasants
Great Argus | Grey | Germain's | Rothschild's | Malayan

Cross-breeds
Am-gold | Silver x Reeves

 

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Jock Scott

Argus Hen

Sketch by Louis A. Fuertes



Courtship Display

 

 

Fly Patterns

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Argus Male



Males Lower Back



Males perch high in the trees and call through the night.

 

 

Argus Feathers





 



Siloette



Primary Wing Quills


Juv Male Primary Wing



Courtship Display

 

 

Argus Feathers





 



Argus Male



Secondary Wing - the closer to the body, the feathers become shorter.

 

 

Primary Wing Quills



Center Tail Section




Center Tails

 

 


Center Tail Feather Pattern

 



Courtship Display

 

 

Argus Feathers





 



Argus Male



Shoulder Feathers



Primary Wing Quills

 

Secondary Wing Quills



Preening



Primary Wing Quills


 



Wing Coverts



Under-wing coverts



Shoulder Feathers

 

 

Argus Feathers






 



Shoulders


 

Juvenile Male


Primary Wing Quill

 

 

Secondary Wing Qull



Center Tail Feather

 

 

 

 


 

tail coverts

Preening

Primary Wing Quills



Males Lower Back

 

 

Argus Feathers