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Yes (64)

First appearances

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Data value

dec: 288 hex: 120 bin: 100100000



Feathers are items dropped by chickens and parrots.



Feathers are obtained from killing chickens and parrots. Chickens drop 0–2 feathers, and parrots drop 1–2 feathers upon death.

Natural generation[edit]

Feathers can be found in 60.0% of shipwreck map chests in stacks of 1–5.


Tamed cats have a chance of giving the player feathers as a gift.‌[upcoming 1.14]


Feathers are used to make arrows. They are also used to make a book and quill and firework star effect (Burst explosion).

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Arrow Flint +
Stick +
Book and Quill Book +
Ink Sac +

Firework Star Gunpowder +
Matching Dye +
Feather +
Glowstone Dust +

Up to eight dyes can be added.
Up to one of any head, a gold nugget, a feather, or a fire charge can be added.
Both the diamond and the glowstone dust can be added with any of the other ingredients.


Java Edition Indev
0.31 (January 30, 2010) Added feathers. They can be used to craft arrows and are dropped by every mob in quantities of 0 to 2.
February 6, 2010 The feather's texture has now been changed; it is now not as straight anymore.
February 19, 2010 Zombies are now the only mob that can drop feathers. Notch has stated he currently doesn't know what else they should drop.[1]
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14 Chicken will now drop 0 to 2 feathers upon death.
Java Edition Beta
1.8 ?Zombies will now drop rotten flesh, instead of feathers. The reason zombies used to drop feathers was because feathers were used as a placeholder (before chickens were implemented in the game). It stayed this way because Notch did not know what exactly zombies would drop.
Chickens are now the only source of feathers.
Java Edition
1.3.1 12w17a Feathers are now used to craft book and quills.
1.4.6 12w49a Feathers are now used to craft a firework star with a burst effect.
1.12 17w13a Parrots will now drop feathers.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 288.
18w11a Feathers will now generate in shipwreck chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.3 Added feathers. They can be used to craft arrows.
0.11.0 build 1 Zombies will now drop rotten flesh, instead of feathers.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 beta Feathers can now be used to craft book and quills.
Added parrots, which drop feathers.
Feathers can now be used as ingredient to craft a firework star.
1.4 beta Feathers can now be found in shipwreck chests.
1.8 beta Feathers can now be given as a gift to the player by tamed cats.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1 Added feathers.


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