game bird

noun

Definition of game bird

: a bird that may be legally hunted according to the laws especially of a state of the U.S.

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State officials say that besides ensuring access, the easement would conserve habitat for big game, waterfowl, upland game birds and nongame wildlife. USA TODAY, "Animation behind bars, Elliott the elk, SkyStar: News from around our 50 states," 10 Sep. 2019 In addition to horses, llamas and alpacas are know to be susceptible to EEE, as well as emus, ostriches, and some non-native species of game birds like pheasants and quail. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "What you need to know about EEE in Mass.," 29 Aug. 2019 That news coincided with other observations gladdening the hearts of hunters and others who follow the fortunes of one of the state’s most treasured upland game birds. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas turkeys thriving after mild, wet spring," 8 June 2019 Although some wildlife researchers have expressed concerns about the impact diseases such as West Nile Virus and observed declines in insect populations could have on wild turkeys, a dearth of studies has been conducted on the popular game bird. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spring turkey hunters register 38,556 birds, second lowest in 20 years," 8 June 2019 Sunflowers are planted by hand each year to attract game birds. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Giant, yellow sunflowers are in peak bloom in the Washington region," 11 July 2018 Predators include foxes and bobcats, but since flamingos pose little threat to humans and are not considered game birds, No. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "A Flamingo? In Texas? A Zoo Fugitive Since 2005 Is Still Surviving in the Wild," 27 June 2018 Inside his home, investigators discovered a stuffed mountain lion and several non-game birds, Foy said. Ryan Sabalow And Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Man accused in California’s largest raptor poaching case left hawk carcasses to rot," 15 Mar. 2018 In 1998, Ohioans were asked to weigh in on whether mourning doves should be categorized as game birds and hunted. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Dialysis to duels: Why Ohio keeps voting on odd, complicated ballot issues," 5 July 2018

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1770, in the meaning defined above

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