Long full length peacock feathers are available from Lamplight Feather in quantities of 25, 50, or 100. The lengths include 35-40 inch, 40-45 inch and our exclusive Lamplight Feather Decorator Mix, a combination of peacock eyed feathers and peacock swords.
Short peacock feathers include both miniature peacock eyed feathers and cut of trimmed eyes and swords. Natural peacock feathers trimmed short for ease in shipping and handling when only the peacock eye or sword and a bit of stem are needed for applications.. Overall length is about 8-15 inches. This style has a full size eye or sword and is a cut off version of the longer feathers. These are excellent for masks, costumes and other decoration and crafts
Peacock feathers have a variety of decorative uses. Placed in a vase for home decor, they stand on their own or in combination with long dried reeds. Our decoration mixes includes mixed lengths of both eyed feathers and swords. The beautiful feathers can be incorporated into costumes, mask, head dresses, feather fans, and unique and colorful jewelry like earring, pendants, or full necklace wear. The side fibers (herl) are an important ingredient in fishing fly design most famously in the legendary Royal Coachman pattern.
Indian Peacocks or peafowl have been domesticated for about 3000 years. A common fixture on zoo grounds, animal parks, and many farms and estates around the world, peacocks are among nature's most dramatically beautiful birds. Their native range is through India, Pakistan, western China, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Peafowl's preferred habitat in the wild is lowland and foothills with brush and scattered trees which they use for roosting. Related species include pheasants, grouse, guinea fowl, quail, chickens, and other gallinaceous birds. Life expectancy is generally considered to be 15-20 years.
The male peacock sports about 150 of the long "eyed" peacock tail feathers with which most of us are so familiar. These feathers are shed annually during the molt and gathered as a valuable "crop" in many countries through its range. These gorgeous and beautiful birds are NOT killed for their feathers. These feathers are actually long extensions of the upper tail covers. They are supported from underneath by the much shorter tail feathers. These feathers grow to be several feet long, but are shed each year just after the breeding season and regrown the following season. The eyed tail feathers grow in size and number as the male matures. Each of these long feathers also has a design near its tip which resembles an eye.
Peacock Feathers Characteristics
The feathers of the peacock are composed of many colors, including the crescent sheen of bright blue and green. The shimmering color of the peacock feather is due to a phenomena known as interference. Each feather consists of tiny flat flat branches. When light shines on the feather, we see thousands of glimmering colored spots, each caused by minuscule bowl-shaped indentations. This same principle is also responsible for vibrant shimmering colors of butterflies, pheasants, birds of paradise and humming birds. Recreating the unique color of the peacock feather has posed a challenge to artists and ceramists for centuries. Peacock feathers have a variety of decorative uses. Placed in a vase for home decor, they stand on their own or in combination with long dried reeds. The beautiful feathers can be incorporated into costumes, mask, head dresses, feather fans, and unique and colorful jewelry like earring, pendants, or full necklace wear. The side fibers (herl) are an important ingredient in fishing fly design most famously in the legendary Royal Coachman pattern. The peacock sword feathers are side tails that are eventually replaced by full eyed feathers as the males molt from season to season. Peacock feathers are a symbol of good luck and well-being throughout Asia and most of the world. An interesting exception is in certain parts of Eastern Europe where the feather often decorated warriors of the invading Mongol hordes and thus were associated with a bad era.