A widely distributed bird that is normally eaten only when young. Wood pigeon is a great way to start cooking game as it is a fairly easy but delicious, and very versatile. It is widely available in larger supermarkets and butchers in Europe and surprisingly cheap! Here is a perfect, delicious recipe if you are new to cooking pigeon! While pigeon is a delectable, easily raised bird, Americans have never accepted them as a commonly prepared fowl.
They are popular as a Christmas dish in Britain, and older birds are often added to meat pies, helping to make the tougher meat more palatable. Young pigeons are succulent and tender, and in North America, more commonly called squab.

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