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