Dating back to 1624, Coq de Leon, or the "rooster of Leon" is the oldest line of birds bred for their feathers. The beautiful long speckled fibers are stiff, almost having a glassy look. Great hackle for bodies and tails while the whole feathers can be used for larger baitfish style flies.
There are two distict lines. "Pardo" or the brown line is a larger bird and the feathers are marked with fine speckling. The other is refered to in the literature as "indio", or indian line. The feathers are grey, or steel color, and lack the speckling.