The Jay and the Peacock

: Aesop's Fables

A Jay venturing into a yard where Peacocks used to walk, found

there a number of feathers which had fallen from the Peacocks when

they were moulting. He tied them all to his tail and strutted

down towards the Peacocks. When he came near them they soon

discovered the cheat, and striding up to him pecked at him and

plucked away his borrowed plumes. So the Jay could do no better

than go back to the other Jays, who had watched his behaviour from

a distance; but they were equally annoyed with him, and told him:

"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds."