It’s a Ro­man legacy that’s seen as ‘plas­tic’ by many bird­watch­ers, but does the Pheas­ant de­serve such a la­bel?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Species Pheasant -

IF THERE IS one crim­i­nal of­fence for which a bird can be con­victed, it’s for be­ing plas­tic. Bird­ers will tol­er­ate other crimes. Mag­pies might be un­pop­u­lar with sen­ti­men­tal house­hold­ers, but many peo­ple have a sneak­ing ad­mi­ra­tion for them. Spar­rowhawks are killers, yet pos­sess star qual­ity in abun­dance. Gulls have devo­tees who love to dis­en­tan­gle their plumage puzzles. Even the most mod­estly plumaged species, such as war­blers, have the re­spect of us all be­cause of their im­pres­sive mi­gra­tion or spir­ited songs. But ‘plas­tic’ birds have no ad­vo­cates in the bird­ing com­mu­nity.

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