collective nouns for birds

Collective Nouns for Birds

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

ADDucation’s list of collective nouns for birds also includes the individual baby names, males and females and plural for each bird species. Did you know 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Birds & Group Names for Birds

FAQ About Birds & Groups of Birds

  • Are penguins birds or mammals?
    Birds have feathers, lightweight hollow bones and lay eggs – so penguins are birds not mammals.
  • How many species of birds are there?
    There are currently around ten thousand bird species in the world today, give or take a few hundred.

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BirdsOffspring called?Collective Nouns for BirdsMaleFemaleBird plurals
Generic Birdfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a 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 chicks.roosterhenChickens
Cranefledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a sege/sedge of cranes, a siege of cranes.Cranes
Crowfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a muster of crows, a murder of crows.cockhenCrows
Cuckoochickan incredulity of cuckolds (baby cuckoos), an asylum, a cooch.malefemaleCuckoos
Dovesquab, chick.a dule of doves, dole of doves, flight of doves, piteousness of doves.cockhenDoves
Duckducklinga raft of ducks, a brace, paddling or team of ducks.drakeduckDucks
Mallard / Duckducklinga sord of mallards.drakeduckMallard or Mallards.
Eagleeaglet, fledgling.a convocation of eagles, aerie of eagles.tiercelhenEagles
Emuchick, hatchling.a mob of emus.cockhenEmus
Finchchicka charm of finches.cockhenFinches
Flamingochicka flamboyance of flamingos.malefemaleflamingos or flamingoes.
Goosegoslinga flock of geese, a gaggle of geese or a skein of (in flight) geese.gandergooseGeese
Hawkeyasa cast or kettle of hawks, aerie of hawks.tiercelhenHawks
Heronchicka sedge, scattering or siege of herons.cockhenHerons
Larkchickan ascension or exultation of larks.cockhenLarks
Magpiechicka tiding of magpies, a gulp of magpies.Magpies
Owlowlet, fledgling.a parliament of owls.malefemaleOwls
Parrotchicka company of parrots, a pandemonium of parrots.cockhenParrots
Partridgecheepera covey of partridges.cockchantelle, henPartridge or Partridges.
Peafowlfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a muster, pride or ostentation of peafowl.peacockpeahenPeafowl
Penguinchicka colony of penguins, a rookery, parcel or huddle of penguins. A group of penguins in water is called a raft of penguins. 20 January is penguin awareness day #PenguinAwarenessDay.malefemalePenguins
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 pigeons.cockhenPigeons
Ploverfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a wing or congregation of plovers.Plovers
Quailfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a covey, drift or bevy of quail.cockhenQuail or Quails.
Ravenfledgling, nestling, hatchling, unkindness of ravens.Ravens
Rookchicka building of rooks, clamor of rooks, parliament of rooks.Rooks
Sparrowfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a host of sparrows, meinie of sparrows, a tribe of sparrows.cockhenSparrows
Starlingfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a murmuration of starlings, a cloud of starlings.Starlings
Storkfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.a mustering of storks, a phalanx of storks (when migrating).Storks
Swancygnet, flapper.a 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, chick.a flock of swifts.Swifts
Turkeychick, poulta rafter of turkeys, a gang of turkeys.tom or gobbler (adult male),jake (juvenile male.hen or jennyTurkeys
Turtledovehatchling, chick.a pitying or dole/dule of turtle doves.Turtle Doves.
Woodcockchicka fall of woodcocks.cockhenWoodcocks
Woodpeckerchicka descent of woodpeckers.malefemaleWoodpeckers

ADDucation Lists Related Collective Nouns for Birds:

  • German names for groups of birds: Sammelbegriffe für Tiere…
  • This collective nouns for birds list was compiled by Joe Connor, last updated September 1, 2019.
  • Spotted a mistake or do you have a suggestion to improve our list of collective nouns for birds? Please add your comments below…

2 responses to “Collective Nouns for Birds”

  1. Avatar 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. Avatar Rajender Joshi says:

    Very Good

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