The great argus pheasant sports only two of these long tail feathers. They are the almost the most massive feathers in the world, the only larger are from its cousin, the crested argus pheasant. It is rare to find these in such good shape because the tips usually completely wear out. I recently figured out how to back these feathers so I could carve them and still keep the wavy, curly grey edges.
Note: The feathers Maynard uses are from private aviaries and zoos. When birds shed or discard their feathers every year, he recycles them in his art. Most feathers used are from birds not native to North America—even the crow feathers. The exception to using feathers from North America are those from turkeys and grouse. All feathers used in Maynard’s artwork are legal to have and sell.