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Collective Nouns

 

 

We usually say a flock of chickens.

 

In fact, the English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.  Please patiently scroll down the page.

 


For the Birds, we have  :-

Bird

Collective noun

birds

A flock of birds

birds (small)

A dissimulation of birds

bitterns

A siege/sedge of bitterns

chickens

A peep/brood of chickens

choughs

A clattering of choughs

coots

A covert of coots

cranes

A herd of cranes

cranes

A sedge of cranes

crows

A murder of crows

curlew

A herd of curlews

dotterel

A trip of dotterel

doves

A dole/dule of doves

doves

A flight of doves

ducks

A badling or raft of ducks

goldfinches

A charm of goldfinches

geese
(on the ground)

A gaggle of geese

geese
(in flight)

A skein of geese

goshawks

A flight of goshawks

guinea fowl

A rasp of guinea fowl

hawks (tame)

A cast of hawks

hawks (tame)

A lease of hawks

herons

A siege/sedge of herons

jackdaws

A train of jackdaws

lapwings

A deceit of lapwings

lapwings

A desert of lapwings

larks

An exaltation of larks

magpies

A tidings of magpies

mallards

A suit/sute of mallards

mallards

A sord of mallards

nightingales

A watch of nightingales

owls

A parliament of owls

parrots

A pandemonium of parrots

partridges

A covey of partridges

peacocks

A muster of peacocks

pheasants

A nide of pheasants

pheasants

A nye of pheasants

pigeons
(flying together)

A kit of pigeons

plovers

A congregation of plovers

quail

A bevy of quail

quail

A drift of quail

ravens

An unkindness of ravens

rooks

A building of rooks

rooks

A parliament of rooks

seagulls

A colony or wreck of seagulls

snipe

A walk or wisp of snipe

sparrows

A host of sparrows

starlings

A murmuration of starlings

swallows

A flight of swallows

swans

A game of swans

swans (in flight)

An wedge of swans

teal

A spring of teal

turtle doves

A dole/dule of turtledoves

woodcocks

A fall of woodcocks

wrens

A herd of wrens

 

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Other Animals that you don't know .....

We are also familiar with a Herd of cows

 and a School of fish.

 

However, less widely known is: 

   a Pride of lions,

 

                               a Murder of crows,

 

          (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens),

 

                   

 

 

             an Exaltation of doves

                     

 

 

 

               and, presumably because they look so wise:-

                                                      

                                                                 a Parliament of owls. 

 

         Now consider

 a group of Baboons.  

They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. 

And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?? ? 

 

 

Believe it or not

……. a Congress!  A CONGRESS OF BABOONS! 

I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of some of our councilors !   

 

You just can't make this stuff up.

 


 

 
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