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Pheasant feathers – these long tail feathers, in particular – have long been prized as adornments to fashionable hats, and such feathers are still available in large quantities today, due to the huge numbers of pheasants that are bred and released throughout Britain for the sport of the shooting fraternity. Though there are no pheasant-breeding farms in my local area, these birds can frequently be heard, if not always seen, as soon as I step outside our urban streets.

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