The sunfeather bird with its many different colors of feathers is regarded as an important symbol of Old Tree's creation of the world and transformation into the moon.
Sunfeather birds are not, strictly speaking, domesticated; however, they are known to favor foraging in the verges of women's forest, especially in stands of pipe tree, and the women who tend those stands often leave small shrubs growing to encourage the birds to nest there. When a pipe tree stand blooms, sunfeather birds are attracted in much greater numbers by the sudden abundance of seeds.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
The birds, especially males, are hunted for their meat and feathers. Women avoid killing the females during nesting season, preferring to search for their eggs.
In women's lore, the sunfeather was the first of the birds created by Old Tree to try to catch her too-powerful light, and of all the birds was the only one that tried. In the process the feathers on its head and wings caught fire, resulting in the bright red featherless crest and the orange feathers along its back and wings. The bird's brightly-colored feathers are used to represent Old Tree's gifts: yellow for light, gray-blue for wind, bright green for water, dark red for land. While anyone may wear the darker-colored feathers, the yellow and green are reserved for Woman Woman in her role as the village's advocate to the moon.
Gallus gallus (junglefowl)
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
The male is noted for its broad collar and cape of brilliant yellow-orange feathers, as well as its cascading green tailfeathers that shine in sunlight.
Females are far better camouflaged with a duller and smaller orange collar and cape, and mottled brown feathers everywhere else.
View from the future:12,000 years, The Ocean
The sunfeather bird has been domesticated and can be found today in a tremendous variety of breeds; some for feathers, some for eggs, some as pets. Vastlanders also raise some for their meat, but Oceanfolk maintain a prohibition against eating birds.
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