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Copper Pheasants

Known to the Japanese as Yamadori, these mostly sedentary gamebirds inhabit the dense undergrowth of the mountainous conifer forests of Japan. Five distict subspecies of copper pheasant are recognized, the Scintillatings are lightest and found furthest north while the southern species are darker and more richly colored. There is a great deal of local variations and many individuals exhibit transitional chatacteristics.

Tying with Copper Pheasant Feathers

Three species of the five subspecies are of interest here. They are the Ijima, the darkest over all, with the exception of a snow white rump patch; the Scintillating, which is the lightest in color; and the Sommerring, which has the truest copper-color over all.

Fly tying literature has not referred to this species as a material every fly tier must have in their arsenal. However, this does not mean that it is not desirable for the creative/artistic tier.
There are lots of feathers to both the creative tier and the creative craftsperson that can be used to make beautiful things.

Wing coverts can be used for full feather wing salmon flies as well as body feathers for cheeks and sides. The trout tier might find just the right color for those nymph or insect legs on wets and terrestrials. Of particular note, is that tails in great condition are hard to come by due to the pugnacious habits of captive birds.

  • Scintillating
  • Ijima
  • Soemmering's
  • collecter sets
  • fly patterns
  • links to more pheasants
     
Scintillating Copper - Male $0.00  

This is a male in perfect feather, even the tail.

In recent years Scintillating Coppers have become rare in captivity and finding nice birds in breeding plumage is more and more difficult.

 

 

 

 


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Scintillating Copper - Female $0.00  

Other than a few tips of the tail being worn off, this hen is in good feather. No pin feathers and nice deep coloration.

 

 

 

 


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Ijima Copper - Male $475.00  

This bird has a beautiful snow white rump patch and a perfect tail, something hard to find.

As males get older, their tails get longer and this patch gets larger and more solid white.

As you can see in the photo, the Ijima is a very deep rich colored bird, darker than the other species.

 

 

 

 


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Ijima Copper - Female $0.00  

An Ijima hen has more black markings in the body feathers.

This hen is in good feather, the tail is full, complete with the nice white tips on the feathers.

 

 

 

 


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Soemmering's Copper - Male $500.00  

Now this is an absolutely perfect bird. The deep, rich, irredescent coloring makes the Soemmering's one of the most striking of all pheasants. Definately the most copper colored of all 5 subspecies, you simply won't find a better specimen.

 

 

 

 


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Soemmering Copper - Female

Hope to have this one up soon....

 

 

 

 

 

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Scintillating Copper - Collecter Set $0.00  

For those of you that don't need a full skin, I've put together a selection of feathers from a male in breeding plumage.

The collection includes 50 paired feathers. If you are interested in hen feathers, please contact me.

 

15 pr mixed sized body feathers - $45

3" tail sections - $12/pr

 

full feather assortment 25 pr - $60

 

 

 

 


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Ijima Copper - Collecter Set $0.00  

For those of you that don't need a full skin, I've put together a selection of feathers from a male in breeding plumage. The collection includes 50 paired feathers. If you are interested in hen feathers, please contact me.

 

15 pr mixed sized body feathers - $45

3" tail sections - $12/pr

 

full feather assortment 25 pr - $60

 

 

 

 


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Soemerring's Copper - Collecter Set $0.00  

For those of you that don't need a full skin, I've put together a selection of feathers from a male in breeding plumage. The collection includes 30 paired feathers. If you are interested in hen feathers, please contact me.

 

15 pr mixed sized body feathers - $45

3" tail sections - $12/pr

 

full feather assortment 25 pr - $60

 

 

 

 


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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.

Breeds:

Tragopans, Monals & Koklass
 
  • Koklass
 
Gallopheasants
 
  • Bornean Firebacks
  • Malayan Firebacks
  • Siamese Fireback
 
Long-tailed & True Pheasants
 
  • Designer Ringnecks
 
Ruffed & Eared Pheasants
     
Peacock Pheasants
   
Cross-breeds
  Silver x Reeves      


Quick links to other exotics:

 

Pheasants

Partridge

Grouse

Softbills

Quail

Junglefowl

Peafowl

Hookbills

Guineafowl

Turkey

Bustards

Ratites

Cranes & Storks

Waterfowl

Pigeons and Doves

 

 

 

 




Ijima hen

 

Scintillating

Scintillating Male

Scintillating Hen


Soemmering's

Soemmering's Male

Soemmering's Hen

 

Lets compare rumps

Scintillating

 

Ijima


Soemmering's

 



And how about breast feathers...

Scintillateing breast feathers

Ijima breast feathers



Scintillating breast feathers



Scintillating Tails