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Nov 15, 2007 06:59 AM

Birds of flight

I just had strange thought the other day, how many birds of flight are typically available to eat?

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  1. Well, quail, doves, geese, and ducks come to mind off the top of my head. Ask any hunter who has sat in the weeds waiting for these birds to fly up so they can shoot them!

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    1. re: danhole

      Adding pigeon and pheasant to your list. Also, wild turkeys do fly, albeit not too far. Grouse too.

      Also, what are those tiny birds so favored in France that are eaten whole whist the diner holds a napkin over his/her head?

    2. Include Chukar in those rocky, arid parts of western states, although they tend walk as much as fly.

      1. Add woodcock, snipe and rail. Partridges. Also coots and moorhens.

        1. Depends on what you mean by "birds of flight." Most birds fly at least a little. Of the birds we eat, only ostrich and emu are truly flightless.

          Most poultry comes from the order galliformes: chicken, turkey, pheasant, partridge, guinea hen, quail, etc. These birds tend to stay on the ground most of the time, but will take wing when necessary. (Except inbred industrial turkeys; they can't even walk.)

          If you're defining "birds of flight" as birds that spend large amounts of time airborne, there are a few migratory species that are used for food. Ducks, geese, pigeons (squab) and doves all make it to the dinner plate on a fairly regular basis.

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          1. re: alanbarnes

            And most other birds are federally protected and cannot be hunted.