While this species is found mainly in peninsular India, and the Red junglefowl along the foothills of the Himalayas, there is some overlap along the northern boundary. Some suggest crossbreeding led to the modern domesticated chicken. Habitat ranges from the dry deciduous foothill country to moist evergreen forests, but it is most commonly found in mixed bamboo jungles. Males go into an eclipes plumage after the end of breeding season.
Tying with Grey Junglefowl Feathers
The versatile “Jungle Cock Cape” has been in use for salmon flies since the nineteenth century. The most recognized feather is the cape feather or the jungle cock nail.
Used in salmon flies for just about every application such as sides, cheeks, tail veilings, underwings and body veilings, the grey jungle cock nail is the most sought after feather. However, the lower nape grey and transition feathers can be use for streamers, steelhead and salmon patterns.
Mary Orvis Marbury offers trout flies such as the Cheney, Imbrie and the Junglecock, for bass flies such as the Jungle Cock and the Maid Of The Mill and a lake fly named the Golden Rod. Side tails can be used again for spey patterns for hackles and wing coverts can be use for whole feather wing salmon flies.
|Full Skin - Male||$175.00|
Here is an adult Grey male, I guessing 3 to 4 years old. This bird is just coming out of a moult, the color is vibrant and the edges of the feathers are fresh.
With game farm raised birds, the best quality feathers come from just such a bird.
No wear marks from rubbing on the wire or fading from the sun.
|Full Skin - Female||$75.00|
This is the ultimate soft hackle. Grey junglefowl hens have the softest small mottled feathers.
And despite the awful skining job on this poor thing, the feathers and colors are perfect.
As you can see, there are some beautiful colors and patterns in the saddle feathers. There is a bit of color variation from saddle to saddle, so if you're interested in one, I'll email you some pictures.
This is the patch taken off the front of the rooster. There is a large range of sizes and color variation on these patches. I have a few with the soft hackle chic-a-bou attached to the bottom.
These are the largest nails on the bird. Great for streamer patterns and artistic flies, these brilliantly colored feathers can be as long as 3 inches.
Check out the pair of wings on the sidebar. The wing on the right is a naturally occuring color mutation.
This is not only seen on the wings, but nails on the whole bird have this pale yellow color. The nails on the cape and shoulders are lacking the firery color pigment typical of most males.
These are paired shoulder patches from birds that we have grown. The nails or "flames" as I've heard them called make for interesting cheeks on streamer patterns.
Here again, check out the pair on the sidebar. The one on the left is off a rooster that pale yellow color gene that I mentioned in the section on wing pairs.
This pale coloring makes dying to bright colors very effective.
Well certainly not as dramatic as the rooster's cape, I always find it interesting to see the corresponding feathers on the hens. These feathers have some interesting color patterns and are great for tying small nymphs.
grade #1 - $40
grade #2 - $25
grade #3 - $15
The feathers on these saddles are much smaller relative to those found on a domestic hen saddle. The fine vermiculated pattern gives the fly a buggy look.
Soft hackle with Chic-a-bou
This is the matuka patch from the hen. The pattern and color of the matuka feathers varies some from bird to bird, but all have the softest hackle available.
mixed bamboo jungle habitat
Grey junglefowl hen
Full breeding plumage
After the breeding season, males molt their nails and remain in an eclipes plumage for the rest of the year
rooster cape - eclipes plumage
Rooster shoulder feathers
Rooster wings - notice the lighter color phase on the right