A fine bird is more than fine feathers. A Jackdaw tried to make itself look pretty using peacock feathers. It had to flee when found out. What a rout. A fine bird is more than fine feathers
Juno gave the Peacock a large train of feathers as requested. The Peacock was the envy of all until he tried to fly. Ostentation doesn’t fly well. Be careful what you ask for.
The Birds wanted a king and the Peacock applied. He was almost elected due to his beauty but a Magpie asked practical questions. Peacock failed. Kings must be suited for the job and not just a vain pretender.
A Peacock wanted to have a nice voice as well as looking pretty. Juno said: “No.” Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
A Peacock was strutting before a Crane saying how beautiful he was. The Crane pointed out that it could fly with his feathers instead of just strut around. Fine feathers don’t make fine birds.