Poultry is domesticated birds kept by humans for their eggs, their meat or their feathers. It also includes other birds that are killed for their meat, such as the young of pigeons (known as squabs) but does not include similar wild birds hunted for sport or food and known as game.
Together with pig meat, it is one of the two most widely eaten types of meat globally, with over 70% of the meat supply in 2012 between them. Poultry provides nutritionally beneficial food containing high-quality protein accompanied by a low proportion of fat. All meat should be properly handled and sufficiently cooked in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning.