Thinking rather more in a straight line I point out that Guinea fowl feathers, as well as feathers from pheasants and a range of similar birds (e.g. painted
feathers from chickens) are often used on hats and dream catcher wind chimes. So it could also have got there from escaping from someone’s hat that was made in China..or whatever.
From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Monday, 14 August, 2017 10:44 AM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Feather ID
I gave a talk to a COG monthly meeting April 2015 on the subject of feather identification. Included in this presentation were photos of feathers from Guinea
fowl, as being among those which are often asked about. This one clearly is from Guinea fowl. I also made the point about including something on which to assess the scale (e.g. 20 cents) as some feathers from Guinea fowl could otherwise be confused with wing
feathers of a Double-barred Finch.
If anyone has some special wish to see my slides on the subject, I still have the powerpoint file. Geoffrey helped with the photography.
From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Monday, 14 August, 2017 9:30 AM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Feather ID
The pre-equinoctial winds of the Carwoola uplands might have moved it along a km or 2 from Naturespaces Alpaca & Guineafowl Products, a couple of valleys
From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Monday, 14 August 2017 6:06 AM
To: Terry Bell
Cc: COG List
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Feather ID
Thanks to all who responded, especially Geoffrey for his photo. I'll advise my neighbour of Guineafowl. I know there are some in the area so assume one of them has escaped.
On 13 August 2017 at 21:08, Terry Bell <> wrote:
Possibly a guinea fowl.
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On 13 Aug 2017, at 5:20 pm, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
A neighbour has asked if I have any idea as to the identity of this feather, found at their house when they returned after a trip away. I fail on this one so would welcome suggestions.