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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

In 1.13[upcoming] feathers can be found in 60.0% of shipwreck map chests in stacks of 1–5.


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

Crafting ingredient

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.


January 30, 2010 Oldfeather.png Added feathers. They can be used to craft arrows and are dropped by every mob in quantities of 0 to 2.
February 6, 2010 Feather.png Texture changed; it's not as straight anymore.
February 19, 2010 Zombies are now the only mob to drop feathers. Notch didn't know what else they should drop.[1]
1.0.14 Chicken drop 0 to 2 feathers on death.
1.8 Zombies drop rotten flesh instead of feathers. Now, chickens are the only source of feathers. The reason that zombies used to drop feathers is that they 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.
Official release
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 now drop feathers.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.13 18w11a Feathers 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 now drop rotten flesh instead of feathers.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 build 1 Feather now can be used to craft Book and Quil.
Added Parrot which drop feather.
feather can be used as ingredient to craft firework star.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.2.14 build 1 Feather now can be found inside map room chest in shipwreck.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added feathers.


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