collective nouns for birds

Collective Nouns for Birds

List of Collective Nouns for Birds, Babies, Gender & Plurals

This list of collective nouns for birds also includes the individual baby names, males and females and plural for each bird species. There are currently around ten thousand (give or take a few hundred) different species of birds in the world. Birds have feathers, lightweight bones and they produce eggs. The first list of collective nouns was published in “The Book of St Albans” circa 1500 and it wasn’t definitive – it was based on folklore, humor and the whim of the publisher and it’s the same today.

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BirdsOffspring called?Collective Nouns for BirdsMaleFemaleAnimal Plurals
Generic Birdfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka flock of birds, a flight of birds (in the air)cockhenBirds
Chickenchick, pullet (young hen), cockrell (young rooster)a brood of chickens, a flock of chickens, a peep of chickens, a chattering of chicksroosterhenChickens
Cranefledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka sege/sedge of cranes, a siege of cranesCranes
Crowfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka muster of crows, a murder of crowscockhenCrows
Cuckoochickan incredulity of cuckolds (baby cuckoos), an asylum, a coochmalefemaleCuckoos
Dovesquab, chicka dule of doves, dole of doves, flight of doves, piteousness of dovescockhenDoves
Duckducklinga raft of ducks, a brace, paddling or team of ducksdrakeduckDucks
Mallard / Duckducklinga sord of mallardsdrakeduckMallard or Mallards
Eagleeaglet, fledglinga convocation of eagles, aerie of eaglestiercelhenEagles
Emuchick, hatchlinga mob of emuscockhenEmus
Finchchicka charm of finchescockhenFinches
Flamingochicka flamboyance of flamingosmalefemaleflamingos or flamingoes
Goosegoslinga flock of geese, a gaggle of geese or a skein of (in flight) geesegandergooseGeese
Hawkeyasa cast or kettle of hawks, aerie of hawkstiercelhenHawks
Heronchicka sedge, scattering or siege of heronscockhenHerons
Larkchickan ascension or exultation of larkscockhenLarks
Magpiechicka tiding of magpies, a gulp of magpiesMagpies
Owlowlet, fledglinga parliament of owlsmalefemaleOwls
Parrotchicka company of parrots, a pandemonium of parrotscockhenParrots
Partridgecheepera covey of partridgescockchantelle, henPartridge or Partridges
Peafowlfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka muster, pride or ostentation of peafowlpeacockpeahenPeafowl
Penguinchicka colony of penguins, parcel or huddle of penguinsmalefemalePenguins
Pheasantchicka nest, nide/nye, a head or bouquet of pheasants, brood (a family), nye (a large group)cockhenPheasant or Pheasants
Pigeonsquab, squeaker,a flock, kit or flight of pigeonscockhenPidgeons
Ploverfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka wing or congregation of ploversPlovers
Quailfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka covey, drift or bevy of quailcockhenQuail or Quails
Ravenfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chickan unkindness of ravensRavens
Rookchicka building of rooks, clamour of rooks, parliament of rooksRooks
Sparrowfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka host of sparrows, meinie of sparrows, a tribe of sparrowscockhenSparrows
Starlingfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka murmuration of starlings, a cloud of starlingsStarlings
Storkfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka mustering of storks, a phalanx of storks (when migrating)Storks
Swancygnet, flappera bevy, drift, herd, eyrar, game, sownder, team, whiting, lamentation or wedge of swans (flying in V formation), a bank of swans (on the ground)cobpenSwans
Swiftfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka flock of swiftsSwifts
Turkeychick, poulta rafter of turkeys, a gang of turkeystom or gobbler (adult male),jake (juvenile malehen or jennyTurkeys
Turtledovehatchling, chicka pitying or dole/dule of turtle dovesTurtle Doves
Woodcockchicka fall of woodcockscockhenWoodcocks
Woodpeckerchicka descent of woodpeckersmalefemaleWoodpeckers

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2 responses to “Collective Nouns for Birds”

  1. Christine Humphrey says:

    What a fun read! I heard the term “collective noun” (never heard this) on Ellen Degeneres TV show. Thanks, great list! Now I will look at your collective nouns for people list.

  2. Rajender Joshi says:

    Very Good

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