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Mounted Birds

The Victorian era saw taxidermy reach new hights in popularity. Travelers to distant lands were returing with specimens the likes of which the world had never seen.

Adding to this, Mueseums of Natural History around the world began to build collections. Advances in technique and style by such masters as Peter Spicer, Henry Ward, and John Gould can still be seen in specimens displayed in mueseums today.

Today, taxidermy is an art form. The mounts are increasingly life like, and the methods and materials have continued to become ever more realistic.

Caring for your Mounted Bird

When deciding whether to buy a full mount, many are concerned that it will be difficult to care for. On the contrary, depending on where you are planning to display it, simply dusting it with a feather duster will keep it in good shape.

There are a few things to consider when placing it. Avoid direct sun light. This will fade the bird quickly and take the luster from the feathers. Brightly colored birds are especially at risk.

Many of the birds we mount are placed on a shelf in a kitchen. The grease from cooking can take its toll. The easiest way to deal with this is to dampen a paper towl with fingernail polish remover and firmly rub the bird down. Feathers are extremely durable and these birds have been well preserved. With some simple care, you will be enjoying your mount for years to come!

 

    Gallery I - Hackle Birds  
 

These are the finest roosters on the market, each meticulasly selected by Dr. Tom Whiting himself. Each banded and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.

  • hackle roosters
  • show birds
  • hens
  • exotics
Grizzly B.B. Red Grey Dun Barred Ginger Cream
Splash Dun Cream Badger Dun Badger Spec. Badger Dun Badger
Black White Griz Variant Lt Cream Var Golden Badger
cochin polish variant blue polish green polish
polish hen polish hen brown white blue
black dunn grizzly laced cdl
white dunn laced brahma brahma

*All hens in this gallery are priced at $185. When ordering, please refer to the row and color pattern.

 

satyr tragopan blood pheasant mount mount mount

 

 

    Gallery II    
   

This Gallery is also divided up into hackle roosters, show birds, hens and exotics. However, this collection of mounts are longer than they are tall.

As with other pages on this site, you can click through the tabs to view the thumbnails of the birds available for sale.

To see a larger image, simply run your curser over the thumbnails and a larger version will appear in the window on the left.

To learn more about a bird, click on its thumbnail. A window will open with a large view and a detailed description including dimensions and pricing.

Sadly, I'm not the best photographer and many of the images are not the best, so if you'd like more pictures before making a decision, don't hesitate to call.... and I'll be glad to send you more bad pictures!

  • hackle roosters
  • hackle roosters - page 2
  • show birds
  • hens
  • exotics
Grizzly Variant B. B. Red Golden Variant Silver Badger Dark Grizzly Variant
Golden Badger Coq de Leon Cross Grizzly Variant Dun Splash HoneyDun
Grizzly Variant Cream Dun Chocolate Dun Ginger Silver Badger
Ghost Barred Grizzly Cream Badger Cocky-Bondu Light Grey Dun Dun Splash
Cree Polish White Crested Dun Polish Light Cree Polish Cream Variant Silver Variant
grizzly golden laced grizzly coq de leon brahma
$185 $185 $185 $225 $185

 

malay peacock
pheasant - sold
red ruffed fruit crow white tailed ptarmigan mount mount

 

 

 

Custom Framed Displays

This is a project just in the begining stages. Some of the skins and feather I come across are absolutely flawless and to pick them apart would be a shame. So how better to enjoy them than to frame them and proudly display them in your tying room.

The skin in the picture is the first, a perfect captive bred grey junglefowl. Not a good picture, I took it in the framing shop with my phone. As this progresses, I'm planing on not only skins, but feathers too; matched pairs of Argus, feathers from all five species Fruit Crow, and perfect pairs of Red Tailed Black Cockatoo.

Many of these birds are increasingly hard to come by and it won't be long before we just will not have access to them. The continued restrictiveness of wildlife laws will ensure that that day comes soon.

    Gallery III - Custom Framing  
 

If there's a favorite feather or skin you'd like to add to your collection, please give me a call and I'll get to work on it!

  • skins
  • feathers
  • hackle

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The Sportsman's Handbook

Satyr Tragopan

Dark Barred Ginger

Sebright Hen

Blood Pheasant

Grizzly Polish Rooster


Dun Bodied Red

 

Australian Shelduck


Jungle Cock Skin

 

Argus Wing Quills