game bird

noun
any bird hunted chiefly for sport, as a quail or pheasant, especially such a bird that is protected by game laws.

Origin:
1865–70

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game bird
 
n
a bird of any species hunted as game

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Preliminary results of summer game bird brood surveys.
Each migratory game bird you import must have one fully feathered wing attached so that its species can be identified.
Public asked to report game bird brood observations.
Selling and purchasing migratory game bird and waterfowl permits.
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