Fairy Blue Bird
High in the canpoy of the Himalayan foothills, this small but brilliantly colored bird searches for ripe figs high on the ficus trees. Rarely seen alone, they forage in pairs or small groups. Their range is expansive, from India, through China, and even a subspecies can be found in the Philipines. Their feet are comparatively small, suggesting these birds spend more time on the wing.
Irena puella - female
Tying with Fairy Blue Bird Feathers
A scarce bird of late, the enameled thrush as it also called, has many uses in salmon flies such as the Traherne pattern the Lapwing that uses the largest over and under tail coverts.
The deep irridescent plumage on the back of the males is a result of naked feather-tip barbs.
It is sometimes used as a Chatterer substitute for sides and cheeks on salmon flies. A unique “enameled” look offers the creative tier and c\rafter a new textural component.
- feather assortments
- fly patterns
- links to more softbills
Most tyers don't need a whole skin, not to mention, whole skins are very scarce. So for those interested in tying a few patterns, here are packs of enough feathers to get you started.
5 pr large - $
5 pr med - $
5 pr small - $
15 pr mixed - $
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