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Edible Birds


When the Torah deals directly with the issue of what birds are tahor [kosher] and what birds are not, it only lists those birds which are tame’ [non-kosher]. Consequently, when determining which birds are edible, unless we are 100% sure that a species of bird is NOT a species of one of the forbidden birds, we do not allow it. Only those birds specifically mentioned by the Torah are considered kosher. As Dani’el al-Qumsi points out, we do not know the precise meaning of many of the bird names listed in the Torah. The only birds we know for sure are tahor [kosher] are doves, pigeons, and quails (see Exodus 16.13, Leviticus 1.14, Numbers 11.31).