Crows

Names for Groups of Birds

All of the names in this list may be used by birders who wish to display their knowledge, although it is probably linguistically inaccurate (and it is bad manners) to interrupt someone who refers to “a flock of swans” by saying, “Surely you mean a whiteness of swans.”

The names are still fun to know and perhaps useful in some situations, so here is a list of names for groups of birds.

(Format: a [group name] of [bird name] i.e., a band of jays)

Names for Groups of Birds

Alphabetically by Group Name

Alphabetically by Bird Name

Group Name

Bird Name

Bird Name

Group Name

band

jays

birds

dissimulation

bevy

quail

bitterns

siege

bouquet

pheasants

chickens

peep

brood

hens
pheasants (family)

coots

cover

building

rooks

cormorants

flight

cast

falcons
hawks

cranes

herd

cauldron

raptors

crows

murder
muster

charm

finches
hummingbirds

dotterel

trip

chattering

starlings

doves

dule
flight

clamour

rooks

ducks

ducks (in flight)

ducks (on water)

raft

team

paddling

company

parrots

eagles

convocation

congress

ravens

falcons

cast

congregation

plovers

finches

charm

convocation

eagles

geese

geese (in flight)

geese (in V formation)

geese (on water)

skein

skein

wedge

gaggle

colony

gulls
penguins

goshawks

flight

cover

coots

grouse

grouse (larger group)

grouse (single family)

covey

pack

covey

covey

grouse (single family)
partridges
ptarmigans
quail

gulls

colony

deceit

lapwings

hawks

cast

descent

woodpeckers

hens

brood

dissimulation

birds

herons

siege

dule

doves

hummingbirds

charm

exaltation

larks

jays

band
party

fall

woodcocks

lapwings

deceit

flight

cormorants
doves
goshawks
pigeons
swallows

larks

exaltation

flock

parrots
pigeons
swifts

magpies

tidings

flush

mallards

mallards

flush
sord

gaggle

geese (on water)

nighthawks

kettle

herd

cranes
swans
wrens

nightingales

watch

host

sparrows

owls

parliament

kettle

nighthawks
raptors

parrots

company
flock

knob

widgeons

partridges

covey

murmuration

starlings

peacocks

muster
ostentation

murder

crows

penguins

colony

muster

crows
peacocks

pheasants

bouquet

mustering

storks

pheasants (family)

brood

nye

pheasants (large group)

pheasants (large group)

nye

ostentation

peacocks

pigeons

flight
flock

pack

grouse (large group)

plovers

congregation

paddling

ducks (on water)

poultry

run

parliament

owls

ptarmigans

covey

party

jays

quail

bevy
covey

peep

chickens

raptors

cauldron
kettle

pitying

turtle doves

ravens

congress
unkindness

raft

ducks

rooks

building
clamour

rafter

turkeys

snipe

walk
wisp

run

poultry

sparrows

host

siege

bitterns
herons

starlings

chattering
murmuration

skein

geese (in flight)

storks

mustering

sord

mallards

swallows

flight

spring

teal

swans

herd
whiteness

team

ducks (in flight)

swans (in V formation)

wedge

tidings

magpies

swifts

flock

trip

dotterel

teal

spring

unkindness

ravens

turkeys

rafter

walk

snipe

turtle doves

pitying

watch

nightingales

widgeons

knob

wedge

swans (in V formation)

woodcocks

fall

whiteness

swans

woodpeckers

descent

wisp

snipe

wrens

herd

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