Feathered Friends

With their striking plumage, birds are a natural subject for artists of all kinds.

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Bird of Paradise

The birds-of-paradise are mostly found in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and eastern Australia.

Jan 5
Bird Day

Golden Pheasant

This tartan uses a composite of shades in many varieties of the golden pheasant.

Jan 5
Bird Day

Gryfalcon

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan represents the Gyrfalcon, the national bird of Iceland. It is the largest and most powerful falcon in the world, and its plumage varies from white to grey to almost black.

Jan 5
Bird Day

Black Raven

Designed for the raven (Latin name Corvus), one of the designer's favourite birds. Ravens are big, intelligent blue-black birds which often sit on top of a pole or high up in a tree and make particularly strange noises.

Jan 29
Nevermore Day

Indiana Cardinal

In 1933, the Indiana General Assembly chose the cardinal to be the state bird of Indiana. Also known as the redbird, the cardinal is the state bird of seven states: Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

Feb 14
Valentine Bird Day

Snowy Owl

Artistic representation of the beautiful Snowy Owl. This design reflects the designer's love of birds, snow and Northern Canada.

Mar 6
Snowy Owl Return Season

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic puffin, a small and colourful bird sometimes known as the "clown of the sea" or the "sea parrot" found along the coastlines of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Apr 28
Puffin Watching Season

Capercaillie

The colours in this tartan reflect the beautiful plumage of the male Capercaillie.

May 7
Capercaillie Lekking Season

5000 Pink Flamingos

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Jun 23
Pink Flamingo Day

Common Loon

by designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan evokes the intricate patterns and colours of the common loon

Jul 18
Loon Days

Peacock Feathers

by designer Carol A.L. Martin

Sep 24
Peacock Day

Goose Watch

This tartan was inspired whilst on a ‘goose walk’ around Loch Lomond. The source of the inspiration came from observing the white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons flavirostris).

Sep 29
Goose Day (Michaelmas)

Bird-of-Paradise

These birds are best known for the plumage of the males -particular for their highly elongated and elaborate feathers extending from the beak, wings, tail or head.

Jan 5
Bird Day

Golden Pheasant

The golden pheasant or Chinese pheasant, (Chrysolophus pictus) is a gamebird of the order Galliformes. It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Falkland Islands, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Jan 5
Bird Day

Gyrfalcon

Gyrfalcons were worshipped by the Vikings and highly sought after by European kings and members of the aristocracy. The gyrfalcon breeds on Arctic coasts and tundra, and the islands of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. It is also the official bird of Canada's Northwest Territories.

Jan 5
Bird Day

Common Raven

This extremely intelligent and sociable passerine, steeped in mythology and legend was common and widespread throughout much of Scotland but is now confined mainly to western and south-western Scotland and the islands.

Jan 29
Nevermore Day

Courting Cardinals

The bright red males are easily spotted, especially in the winter. Female cardinals are brown with a dusty red crest.Cardinals have been seen by many cultures as messenger birds who bring communications between the earthly and spirit world.

Feb 14
Valentine Bird Day

Snowy Owl

One of the largest species of owl, the adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have some dark spots; the young are heavily barred, and dark spotting may even predominate. Its thick plumage, heavily feathered taloned feet, and colouration render the snowy owl well-adapted for life north of the Arctic Circle.

Mar 6
Snowy Owl Return Season

Atlantic Puffin

The largest puffin population in the world is in Iceland. The scientific name Fratercula comes from the Medieval Latin fratercula, friar, a reference to the black and white plumage which resembles monastic robes.

Apr 28
Puffin Watching Season

Capercaillie

The western capercaillie, also known as the wood grouse, heather cock, or just capercaillie, is the largest member of the grouse family.

May 7
Capercaillie Lekking Season

Pink Flamingos

Young flamingos hatch with greyish-red plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta-carotene obtained from their food supply. Captive flamingos may turn a pale pink if they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild.

Jun 23
Pink Flamingo Day

Common Loon

Jul 18
Loon Days

Eyes of Peacock Feathers

The functions of the elaborate iridescent coloration and large "train" of peacocks have been the subject of extensive scientific debate. Charles Darwin suggested they served to attract females, and the showy features of the males had evolved by sexual selection. More recently, the "handicap theory" has been promoted, suggesting that these features act as honest signals of the males' fitness, since less fit males would be disadvantaged by the difficulty of surviving with such large and conspicuous structures.

Sep 24
Peacock Day

White-fronted Goose

The greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons) is a species of named for the patch of white feathers bordering the base of its bill.It breeds in western Greenland, migrating during September and October via staging grounds in Iceland to winter exclusively in Ireland and western Britain, mainly in the Hebrides, before returning in April. In Scotland, most birds winter along the west coast, mainly on Islay where about half of the Scottish population occurs.

Sep 29
Goose Day (Michaelmas)

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