Cultural significance of serving crow meat?

I was reading Jataka 214, and encountered this reference to serving crow meat. I was confused about the cultural significance of this action and also how it worked in the story:

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Hi,

Apparently it’s a rather convoluted riddle. Here’s what Steven Collins wrote in his book Wisdom as a Way of Life. Theravāda Buddhism Reimagined (Columbia University Press e-book, 2020):

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Thanks for this response. It is much deeper than I expected!

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