Ostrich Spads Feathers are spectacular and one of the most popular choices for creating feather costumes for carnival, centerpieces, burlesque, Mardi gras and pin up girl. The stiff quill/stem provides superior support for feather headpieces. Ostrich Spads have a pointed tip, full barbs are wispy and full compared to other ostrich feathers. These large ostrich feathers are an economical way of creating beautiful costumes typically seen at Carnival Rio De Janeiro and feather centerpieces. The Nandu feather is a trimmed Spad and can be seen in almost every Carnival Costume, their trimmed sword like appearance can’t be missed.