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Title: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Harry Black on December 02, 2019, 12:33:17 PM
Im not a massive fan of turkey. My preferred xmas bird is goose.
Overall, if I am eating out and see duck on the menu, I just cannot resist and HAVE to get it.

What bird do you find to be the tastiest? I have never tried ostrich. Chicken is pretty decent. Pheasant is delicious and wood pigeon is pretty good but too small.

My vote goes to duck.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Shibboleth on December 02, 2019, 12:55:24 PM
Depends on if you are talking wild or domestic. I love duck hunting but I don't do it because I don't like how they taste. Goose is good both wild and domestic. I don't think I have ever had domesticated pheasant, and I would probably be punched in the face by everyone in my home state of South Dakota if I had, but wild is good.

If we are talking roasted I would have to say domestic turkey. For overall bird I have to go chicken just because there is so much you can do with it - smoked, rotisserie, fried, covered in sauce... the options seem limitless. 
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: DevoutCatalyst on December 02, 2019, 12:57:13 PM
Sandhill crane is called the "ribeye of the sky". I don't eat birds but if I did I reckon I'd throw a crane on the barbie to see if it lives up to its billing.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: The Latinist on December 02, 2019, 01:02:47 PM
Is ‘not turkey’ a valid response?

I’ve had a lot more chicken than any other bird, and some has been wonderful and others not.  I’ve had duck a few times and usually liked it (including one memorable meal at a Thai restaurant in NYC), but I think I’d have to eat it more to know whether I think it is genetically tastiest.

I’m not sure I’ve eaten any other bird.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on December 02, 2019, 01:06:21 PM
Chicken is very much standard bird around here.

I have tried turkey. It was okay, not bad, but not very special either.

I love duck! I have seen duck being offered in Thai and Vietnamese restaurants, it's a given.

I would like to try ostrich. Supposed to be a delicacy.

There is a restaurant (https://www.visitstockholm.com/eat--drink/restaurants/tennstopet/) here that as a tradition since the 70s serves crow every spring, the so-called "spring crow" (from April until the supply is out). I would like to try that some time. From what I have read, the reason that it is only offered during the spring is because during the rest of the year, the crows have eaten a lot more than during the winter, which makes them fat, and fat crow supposedly tastes very bad.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Harry Black on December 02, 2019, 01:21:27 PM
Crow sounds interesting.
Yeah, Ive never had domesticated pheasant or wood pigeon. I do like the taste of game.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Shibboleth on December 02, 2019, 01:31:26 PM
Since crow will eat damn near anything I am guessing it really depends on where and when you get it. I wonder what would be better corn fed or roadkill fed crow.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: amysrevenge on December 02, 2019, 01:42:47 PM
Ruffed Grouse
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Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Rai on December 02, 2019, 02:08:18 PM
Ostrich is crazy tasty, like good veal.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Ah.hell on December 02, 2019, 02:40:09 PM
I've only ever had chicken, turkey, duck, goose, and guinea fowl.

Guinea fowl, I have no memory of but I've definitely eaten as a kid, so probably like chicken.
Squab, see guinea fowl.
Goose, I have bad memories of plucking the christmas goose as a kid.  Wild goose and duck are unpleasant.  Domestic goose and duck are ok but not great.

I prefer chicken and turkey, based on mass consumed in a year, I must like chicken better than turkey.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Harry Black on December 02, 2019, 03:22:28 PM
I definitely prefer chicken to turkey.
Weird the thing we consider 'treats'.

I do like xmas brussle sprouts though....
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Tassie Dave on December 02, 2019, 03:31:29 PM
I used to love Muttonbird (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-tailed_shearwater) when I was young. It is a very oily bird that has a pungent smell when cooked.

I haven't had it for over 40 years. When you see how they are harvested, it puts you off ever eating one again  ???
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Chicken is by far my preferred meat of any description now.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: seamas on December 02, 2019, 03:42:00 PM
I've had pheasant once. It was terrific, but was also soaked in port for half a day before going in the oven.

It is interesting regarding duck vs chicken.
In my grandparent's day having duck would be far more common.
Chickens were for laying eggs.
You'd eat them when they were useless or something.

I once found an old menu in my parent's attic--from the St Cloud hotel in NYC from 1911.
The list of items was pretty extensive for just a single leaf menu, but I was struck by the fact that you could order duck by the species:
redhead, teal, mallard. The most expensive was the domestic Long Island duck.
No chicken on the menu at all.

I happen to like turkey, but I am not a fan of the dark meat.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on December 02, 2019, 04:28:42 PM
What bird do you find to be the tastiest?
Honestly, in your part of the world, I would think the slang term Tasty Bird would have a completely different meaning.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: arthwollipot on December 02, 2019, 05:09:37 PM
I've had some very nice duck, but it does tend to be a bit fatty. Apart from turkey, chicken is about the only other bird I've eaten on a regular basis. Oh, quail. Quail is okay, but it's a bit fiddly because it's so tiny.

I know it's off-topic, but kangaroo is really where it's at.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: amysrevenge on December 02, 2019, 05:27:41 PM
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Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: arthwollipot on December 02, 2019, 05:35:19 PM
A pegamoose.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: DevoutCatalyst on December 03, 2019, 09:39:25 AM
Crow sounds interesting.
Crows, chimps. Both are intelligent animals. If we can eat crow, can we eat chimp? (I don't mind if you eat crow)
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Shibboleth on December 03, 2019, 12:19:19 PM
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You can tell this is fake because there are no stars in the sky.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on December 03, 2019, 01:00:40 PM
cornish game hens. There's just the two of us so we do one bird each. Lighter taste than chicken or duck.
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: seamas on December 05, 2019, 11:12:52 AM
What bird do you find to be the tastiest?
Honestly, in your part of the world, I would think the slang term Tasty Bird would have a completely different meaning.

Oh, BEHAVE!
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: lonely moa on December 14, 2019, 01:44:14 PM
Moa must have been very desirable as all species were eaten to extinction in less than a century after humans landed in Atearoa. 
Title: Re: What is the tastiest bird?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on December 14, 2019, 05:12:06 PM
Moa must have been very desirable as all species were eaten to extinction in less than a century after humans landed in Atearoa.
Not really, just an big, easy target.