A Murder of Crows

This list is re-posted from my old blog. The generics “congregation,” “dissimulation,” or “flock” will do for any bird but, c’mon, that’s not much fun.

  • A wake of buzzards or vultures
  • A mews of capons
  • A brood of chickens
  • A clutch of chicks or eggs
  • A murder or storytelling of crows
  • A piteousness or prettying of doves
  • A raft (while on water) or cloud (while flying) of waterbirds (avocets, ducks, etc.)
  • A fling of dunlin
  • A convocation of eagles
  • A mob of emus
  • A cast of falcons or hawks
  • A charm of finches
  • A flamboyance of flamingos
  • A wedge (flying) or plump (while on water) of geese
  • A bazaar of guillemots
  • A confusion of guinea fowl
  • A colony, screech, or squabble of gulls
  • A siege of herons
  • A charm or troubling of hummingbirds
  • A scold of jays
  • A concentration of kingfishers
  • A deceit of lapwings
  • An exaltation or ascension of larks
  • A tiding, gulp, or tribe of magpies
  • A richness of martens
  • A watch of nightingales
  • A stare of owls
  • A pandemonium of parrots
  • A bevy or warren of partridges
  • A muster or ostentation of peacocks
  • A creche or huddle of penguins
  • A loft of pigeons
  • A conspiracy, unkindness, or storytelling of ravens
  • A crowd of redwing
  • A building of rooks
  • An exultation of skylarks
  • A host or ubiquity of sparrows
  • A murmuration, scourge, or chatter of starlings
  • A muster of storks
  • A gulp of swallows
  • A ballet, lamentation, or whiting of swans
  • A spring of teal
  • A mutation of thrushes
  • A raffle of turkeys
  • A pitying of turtledoves
  • A fall of woodcocks
  • A descent of woodpeckers
  • A herd of wren

Sources: birdnature.com, lyberty.com, and the Baltimore Bird Club.



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