Pheasants are native to Asia. Different varieties can be found from the Black Sea to Japan and vary in terms of size, shape and colouring.
Pheasants in Germany are a cross between all the different varieties and have lived here since the Middle Ages, having been brought to the Rhine Valley from Asia by the Romans.
While the males are brightly coloured, the females are far less conspicuous, with mottled grey, brown and black feathers and a shorter tail.
Pheasant feathers have always figured in fashion in many cultures as hat decorations, crests on helmets, accessories to go with traditional outfits, uniforms and costumes or in fans.