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I especially love a 'charm of hummingbirds'!

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, MO
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From: "Robert Fisher" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 6:47 PM
Subject: Collective names for birds


> John Hitzeman's post asking if there are names for groups of birds 
> comparable to a "gaggle" of geese got me to googling. Here are some:
>
> Birds in general:
>
> Chicks: brood, clutch
> Birds in flight: Flock, flight, plump, knob, parcel, pod (small flock)
> Birds in an aviary: volary
> Game birds: volary, brace, plump, knob
> Ground birds: flock, dissimulation
> Sea birds: wreck
>
> Species:
>
> Albatrosses: rookery
> Auks: colony, flock, raft
> Bitterns:  sedge
> Bobolinks: chain
> Budgerigars: chatter
> Bullfinches: bellowing
> Buzzards: wake
> Chickadees: tribe
> Chickens: brood, clutch, flock, run, peep
> Chicks: clutch, chattering
> Choughs: chattering
> Coots: covert, cover, raft
> Cormorants: flight
> Cranes: herd, seige or sedge
> Crows, murder, horde, parcel
> Curlew: herd
> Dotterel: trip
> Doves: cote, flight, dule or dole, paddling; a pitying (turtle doves only)
> Ducks on water: raft, paddling, bunch, team, bed
> Ducks in flight: flight, flock, brace
> Ducks on ground: team, badling
> Dunlins: fling
> Eagles: convocation, congregation
> Emus: mob
> Falcons: cast
> Finches: charm
> Flamingoes: stand, flamboyance
> Geese: gaggle, flock (in air) skein, team, wedge (on water (plump)
> Goldfinches: charm
> Goshawks: flight
> Grouse: pack, covey
> Guillemots: bazaar
> Guinea fowl: confusion
> Gulls: colony, screech
> Hawks general: cast
> Hawks in flight: kettle
> Hawks spiraling:  boil
> Hens: brood
> Herons: scattering, seige, sedge, hedge
> Hummingbirds: charm
> Jays: party, scold
> Lapwings: desert or deceit
> Larks: bevy, exaltation, ascension
> Magpies: tittering, tiding, gulp, murder, charm
> Mallards: sord, brace
> Mudhens: fleet
> Nightingales: watch
> Owls: parliament, stare, wisdom, study
> Parrots: pandemonium, company
> Partridges: covey, bew
> Peacocks: muster, ostentation, pulchritude
> Peeps: litter
> Pelicans: pod
> Penguins: rookery, colony
> Pheasants: head, nye, nest, nide (brood), bevy, bouquet (take-off)
> Pigeons: kit, flock, flight
> Plovers: stand, wing, congregation
> Ptarmigan: covey
> Quail: bevy, drift, covey
> Ravens: unkindness, murder
> Rooks: building, rookery, clamour, parliament
> Ruffs: hill
> Saldpipers: fling
> Seagulls: flock
> Sheldrakes: doadling
> Skylarks: ascension
> Snipe: wisp, walk
> Sparrows: host
> Starlings: murmuration
> Storks: mustering
> Swallows: flight, gulp
> Swans (general): bevy
> Swans (flight): wedge
> Teal: spring
> Thrush: mutation
> Turkeys: rafter, posse, gang
> Turtle doves: pitying
> Vultures: venue
> Vultures circling: kettle
> Widgeons: company
> Woodpeckers: descent
> Wrens
>
>
> Bob Fisher
> Independence, Missouri
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