One day, a jay entered a yard where peacocks roamed.
There he found lovely peacock feathers on the ground. The jay thought that he would look very pretty if he tied the feathers to his body. So he tied all the feathers to his tail and flew towards the peacocks who were dancing in merriment. They were angry at what the jay had done and called him a cheat.
They decided to teach him a lesson. They pecked him and plucked away his plumes. The jay felt embarrassed at what he had done. The other birds were also looking at him and laughing.
He went back to the other jays who were very annoyed with him for his silly behaviour. They said that he had brought disgrace to all other the jays and advised him, “Only by having pretty feathers you can’t be a fine bird.”