Question #71130. Asked by crazycube.
Last updated May 13 2021.
Duck and goose are poultry and considered "white" meat. Because they are birds of flight, however, the breast meat is darker than chicken and turkey breast. This is because more oxygen is needed by muscles doing work, and the oxygen is delivered to those muscles by the red cells in the blood. One of the proteins in meat, myoglobin, holds the oxygen in the muscle, and gives the meat a darker color. In other words, chickens and turkeys stand a lot but do little if any flying, so their breast meat is white and leg meat, dark. Game birds spend more time flying so their breast meat may be as dark as leg meat.https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/Are-duck-and-goose-red-or-white-meat