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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sitta carolinensis

From Wikipedia Answers.  The question: "What is a group of birds called?"

A group of birds is called a fleet, flock, flight, congregation, parcel, pod, volery or dissimulation (small birds only). A bevy of quail A bouquet of pheasants [when flushed] A brood of hens A building of rooks A cast of hawks [or falcons] A charm of finches A colony of penguins A company of parrots A congregation of plovers A cover of coots A covey of partridges [or grouse or ptarmigans] A deceit of lapwings A descent of woodpeckers A dissimulation of birds A dole of doves An exaltation of larks A fall of woodcocks A flight of swallows [or doves, goshawks, or cormorants] A gaggle of geese [wild or domesticated] A host of sparrows A kettle of hawks [riding a thermal] A murmuration of starlings A murder of crows A muster of storks A nye of pheasants [on the ground] An ostentation of peacocks A paddling of ducks [on the water] A parliament of owls A party of jays A peep of chickens A pitying of turtledoves A raft of ducks A rafter of turkeys A siege of herons A skein of geese [in flight] A sord of mallards A spring of teal A tidings of magpies A trip of dotterel An unkindness of ravens A watch of nightingales A wedge of swans [or geese, flying in a "V"] A wisp of snipe.

Thanks Jim!


  1. Sweet bird! An exaltation of larks ~ absolutely how I feel when I hear meadowlarks singing in the spring! I used to teach many of these groups to my kiddos. Also love a parliament of owls! Have a great week!

  2. My dentist has a chart on the wall facing the chair as he examines his patients teeth. Everytime I go I re-read the chart trying to retain another new group. I wanted to take a picture of the chart and post it. I think he'd be game!
    When we used to feed the birds(no longer are able to because of disappointing)the nuthatches would flip by these captures!


  3. I wonder what a group of Fieldfares is? We have groups of 40-50 on Dartmoor. Perhaps it's too specific a bird!