COLLECTIVE NOUNSENSE
  • WITH CROWS IT’S CALLED A 'HOVER'
  • WHEN THEY 'SWIRL' WITH ONE ANOTHER
  • – AND IN CASE YOU ARE A BIRDER –
  • WELL YOU KNOW THE WORD IS 'MURDER'
  • FOR THE LARGER OF A –‘CAWING!’
  • ‘GROUP’ OF CROWS …
  • AND FOR RAVENS AN 'UNKINDNESS'
  • OR 'CONSPIRACY' – OR 'BLINDNESS!'
  • AND FOR DUCKS IT'S CALLED A 'SAFE'
  • WHEN ON THE SHORE ...
  • – A 'PADDLING' ON THE WATER
  • ‘DOPPING’ WHEN THEY ‘DUCK’ FOR FODDER
  • AND A 'FLIGHT' WHEN ON
  • THE WING TO SOUTHAMORE ...
  • AND I SAY WITH ... HESITATION
  • THAT THE TERM IS 'LAMENTATION'
  • FOR A WAY TO NAME A
  • HONKING 'GROUP' OF SWANS,
  • AND A 'CONVEY' FOR THE GROUSE
  • ‘FLUSHING’ FROM A SAGEBRUSH HOUSE
  • AND A 'STARTLE' IF YOUR STEP IS NIGH & NEAR ...
  • CAUSE THEY THINK YOU CANNOT SEE
  • AND DO NOT HEAR!
  • WHEN THEY 'FLY' UPON YOUR PRESENCE
  • YOU MAY SAY 'BOUQUET' OF PHEASANTS
  • OR YOU CAN CALL A PHEASANT 'GROUP' A 'NYE'
  • AND A 'MUSTERING' OF STORKS
  • 'EXULTATION' OF THE LARKS!
  • AND A 'SPRING' FOR WHEN YOU SPEAK
  • A 'GROUP' OF TEAL ...
  • AND BY 'SPEAK' I MEAN TO VOCALIZE WITH ZEAL!
  • NOW IF YOUR DUCK'S A MALLARD
  • – SO AS NOT TO BE A DULLARD –
  • IF THEY'RE TAKING–FLIGHT YOU CALL
  • THE 'FLIGHT' A 'SORD'
  • – ‘LORD’!
  • FOR EVERY BIRD A SILVER-DOLLAR WORD!
  • AND TO ADD TO ALL THE MUDDLING
  • IF THEY FLOAT IT'S CALLED A 'PUDDLING'
  • IF THEY 'GROUP' WELL THEN THE TALK IS OF A 'FLOCK'!
  • AND FOR GEESE YOU SAY A 'GAGGLE'
  • WHEN THEY 'WADDLE' AND THEY 'WAGGLE'
  • IF THEY'RE 'SOARING' LIKE A PLANE
  • YOU'D SAY A 'SKEIN'
  • AND I SAY WITH ...TREPIDATION
  • THAT THE TERM IS 'OSTENTATION'
  • FOR A WAY TO NAME THE
  • PEACOCK AS A 'GROUP'
  • AND A 'PITYING' OF DOVES
  • – SO THEY MUST 'CONSOLE' THEIR LOVES?
  • AND A 'BEVY' WHEN YOU SPEAK
  • A 'GROUP' OF QUAIL!
  • IF YOU HAVE A 'GROUP' OF OWLS
  • IT'S A 'PARLIAMENT' OF OWLS
  • OR YOU CAN SAY A 'WISDOM' OR A 'STARE'
  • AND A 'CHATTERING' OF CHOUGH
  • – IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD ENOUGH –
  • AND A 'HILL' A 'REEL' OR
  • ‘RUMOR’ OF THE RAIL ...
  • WORDS AS FANCY AS THE FANNING PEACOCK TAIL!
  • THERE ARE MORE EXOTIC NAMES
  • THAT INSPIRE MNEMONIC GAMES
  • BUT YOU WONDER WHY WE
  • DON'T JUST SAY A 'GROUP'
  • AND NO ONE CAN EXPLAIN
  • WHY THE NAMES ARE SO INANE...
  • BUT I THINK I CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH THE 'SCOOP'
  • A 'RAFT' OF 'LOONS' CONSULTED
  • FOR 'NAMING' NIGH EXULTED
  • PLACED A 'LIST' BEFORE
  • A 'WISDOM' OF THE 'OWLS'
  • WHO SUBMITTED TO A 'REGAL'
  • AND POMPOUS 'DICTION' EAGLE
  • AND NOW WE HAVE A
  • ‘NOUNSENSE’ OF THE 'FOWLS?'
  • AND BY THIS I ALSO MEAN WITH TWICE THE 'VOWELS!'
  • —  Robert Douglas   (February – 2013)
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  • a ladle of
  • a doppling of (flightless)
  • an extinction of (flightless)
  • an dearth of
  • an extinction of
  • an extinctitude of
  • a waddle of
  • an extinction of (White)
  • a trip of
  • a brood of
  • an arc of
  • a cote of
  • a cove of
  • a dole of
  • a dule of
  • an exaltation of
  • a flight of
  • a flock of
  • a funeral of
  • a piteousness of
  • a pitying of
  • a prettying of
  • a true love of
  • a civilization of (Inca)
  • a funeral of (Mourning)
  • a brace of (Stork)
  • a leash of (Stork)
  • a bunch of
  • a clutch of
  • a badelynge of
  • a badling of
  • a battling of
  • a bed of
  • a brace of
  • a brood of
  • a bunch of
  • a coil of
  • a company of
  • a daggle of
  • a diving of
  • a dopping of
  • a flock of
  • a flight of
  • a flush of
  • a game of
  • a gathering of
  • a knob of
  • a leash (three) of
  • a little knob of
  • a lute of
  • a paddle of
  • a paddling of
  • a pair of
  • a plump of
  • a pryde of
  • a puddle of
  • a puddling of
  • a raft of
  • a safe of
  • a skein of
  • a smeath of
  • a sord of
  • a sorde of
  • a sore of
  • a sort of
  • a string of
  • a suce of
  • a sute of
  • a team of
  • a trip of
  • a “V” formation of
  • a wabbling of
  • a waddling of
  • a wedge of
  • a family of (brown-speckled)
  • an awning of (Canvass-back)
  • a raft of (Canvass-back)
  • a sail of (Canvass-back)
  • a buffoonery of (Harlequin)
  • a clowning of (Harlequin)
  • a gang of (Masked)
  • a flock of (Pintail)
  • a spring of (Pintail)
  • a bunch of (wild)
  • a fleet of (wild)
  • a gang of (wild)
  • a pack of (wild)
  • a party of (wild)
  • a raft of (wild)
  • a discomfiture of (wood)
  • a flight of
  • a rush of
  • a freeze of
  • a pretense of
  • a sedge of
  • a siege of
  • a flight of
  • a fling of
  • a trip of
  • Dippers
  • Diver
  • Diatryma
  • Dodos
  • Dodos
  • Dodos
  • Dodos
  • Dodos
  • Dotterel
  • Dovelets
  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Doves
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  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Doves
  • Drongos
  • Ducklings
  • Ducks
  • Ducks
  • Ducks
  • Ducks
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  • Ducks
  • Ducks
  • Ducks
  • Dunbirds
  • Dunbirds
  • Dunkadoos
  • Dunkadoos
  • Dunkadoos
  • Dunkadoos
  • Dunlins
  • Dunlins
  • Dunlins