(noun) Any bird legally hunted for either sport or food. These are often plump, large species as would be suitable for meat. There are more than 150 species of birds worldwide that are regularly hunted, though the exact species and hunting guidelines vary by location and season.
The term game bird may be applied to either wild birds or those that have been domestically raised and introduced to certain areas specifically for hunting purposes. Most game birds have a variety of laws to protect them from over hunting, such as limits on how many birds a hunter may take, restrictions on where and when the birds may be hunted and guidelines for hunting methods.
Popular species of game birds include pheasants, quail, ducks, geese and doves.
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