This feather alphabet is a failure. After making a very successful feather alphabet poster from the brown, black and white patterns found in a single bird’s feathers, I said to myself, "a color feather alphabet would be even better." Looking at all sorts of feathers from around the world I did not find nearly enough to make all the letters of the English alphabet. Now that I figured out why I failed, it seems pretty obvious:
Birds use patterns to break up their body outline, to camouflage themselves, to hide. Colors advertise. Colored feathers don’t need patterns.