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Collective nouns for birds


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Seriously what a load of ullage.

Why did these start and who sanctions them?

It's a flock of starlings, of seagulls, of magpies, of buzzards.

But no...  bring on the silly names.

Just look at this - three purely for bitterns and there are only half a dozen in the country.

It's all rather silly.

And wtf is a "bobolink" anyway?

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bitterns – a pretence of bitterns
bitterns – a sedge of bitterns
bitterns – a siege of bitterns
bobolinks – a chain of bobolinks
bullfinches – a bellowing of bullfinches
buzzards – a wake of buzzards

 

https://www.birdspot.co.uk/culture/collective-nouns-for-birds

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I thought it was a parliament of cunts.

Apologies, but, I couldn't resist.  

a nag of burds

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4 minutes ago, GBDamo said:

A parliament of crows rooks

As opposed to:

crows – a horde of crows
crows – a hover of crows
crows – a mob of crows
crows – a murder of crows
crows – a muster of crows
crows – a parcel of crows
crows – a parliament of crows
crows – a storytelling of crows

 

My point is how did this all gain currency?

Local names for flowers, for example, are widely dismissed as confusing but collective names for birds make it into quizzes when they sound like the ramblings of the local lunatic.

Oi be calling they a storytelling of crows O.o

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17 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

crows – a horde of crows
crows – a hover of crows
crows – a mob of crows
crows – a murder of crows
crows – a muster of crows
crows – a parcel of crows
crows – a parliament of crows
crows – a storytelling of crows

My point is how did this all gain currency?

i have been studying members of the corvid family at close-quarters, recently. I have come to think that these collective nouns are rather apposite descriptions of their various behaviours.

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1 minute ago, Nippy said:

i have been studying members of the corvid family at close-quarters, recently. I have come to think that these collective nouns are rather apposite descriptions of their various behaviours.

They are clever bastards. Loads of crows here. Well it is Corby, even appear on the local council literature.

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