Names - Bird Groups and Young Birds
  

  
 

    Index: 
 
Group Names For Birds    (listed alphabetically by species) 
auks. -  colony, loomery, raft
Belted Kingfishers -  crown, rattle; Green - clique
birds - 
flight, volery, fleet, flock, parcel, pod
bitterns -  dash, freeze, pint, pretense, siege
blackbirds -  cloud, cluster, merl
bluebirds - (see thrushes)
buntings -  decoration, mural, sacrifice
catbirds -  mewing, seat
chicks -  brood, clutch, peep
chickens -  flock, brood (of hens)
Chipping Sparrows -  tournament (see sparrows)
choughs - chattering
cormorants -  flight, gulp, rookery, sunning, swim
coots - covert
cowbirds -  corral, herd
cranes -  sedge, siege, construction, dance, herd, swoop
creepers -  sleeze, spiral
crossbills -  crookedness, warp
crows - murder, cauldron, congress, horde, muster
cuckoos -  cooch, asylum
curlew -  curfew, game, head, herd, salon, skein
dippers -  ladle
doves -  dole, dule, flight, piteousness
ducks -  brace, team, flush, paddling, raft, badelynge, bodelyng, bunch, flock
dunlins -  flight, fling, trip
eagle
-  aerie, convocation
egrets
- sedge, siege, congregation, heronry, skewer  (Cattle  - stampede)
falcons - cast  (kestrels - flight, hover, soar; merlins - brace, leash, illusion)
Field Sparrows -  crue  (see sparrows)
finches
-  charm, company, trembling  (house finch - development)
flycatchers (phoebes) -  outfield, swatting, zapper, zipper
fowl -  skein
Fox Sparrows -  den, slyness  (see sparrows)
frigatebirds -  fleet, flotilla
geese -  flock, gaggle, skein (flying), wedge (flying in a "V")
godwits -  omniscience, pantheon, prayer
Golden-crowned Sparrows -  reign  (see sparrows)
goldfinch - charm, rush, treasury, vein
goshawks -  half, flight, glare, gross
grouse -  chorus, covey, drumming, grumbling, leash
grebes -  water dance
grosbeaks -  gross
guillemots - bazaar

gulls -  colony, flotilla, gullery, screech, scavenging, squabble
hawks - cast, boil, knot, spiraling, stream, tower, aerie, kettle  (falcon - cast)
Harris's Sparrows -  poll  (see sparrows)
herons -  sedge, siege, battery, hedge, pose, rookery, scattering
House Sparrow -  blight, humiliation, subdivision  (see sparrows)
hummingbirds - bouquet, glittering, hover, shimmer, tune
ibis -  congregation, stand, wedge
jaegers -  shishkab
jays - band, party, cast, scold
kestrels -  flight, hover, soar (see falcons)
killdeer - season  (see plovers)
kingbirds -  coronation, court, tyranny
kingfishers -  concentration, relm  (Belted - crown, rattle; Green - clique)
kinglets -  castle, court, princedom, dynasty
kites -  brood, kettle, roost, stooping, string
knots -  cluster, fling, tangle
lapwings - deceit, desert

larks - exaltation, ascension, chattering, happiness, springul
loons -  asylum, cry, loomery, raft, water dance
magpies - tidings
Mallards -  flush, sord, battling, daggle, doppling, lute
martins -  circlage, flight, gulp, richness, swoop (Purple - colony)
meadowlarks -  pod
merlins -  brace, leash, illusion  (see falcons)
mockingbirds -  echo, exactness, plagiary, ridicule
moorhens -  plump
murrelets -  (of auks) colony, loomery, and raft
murres - bazaar

nighthawks - kettle
nightingales -  watch
nuthatches -  jar
owls -  bazaar, glaring, parliament, stooping, wisdom
parrots -  company, pandemonium, prattle, psittacosis
partridges -  covey, bevy, brace, jugging, warren
peacocks -  muster, ostentation
pelicans -  brief, pod, pouch, scoop, squadron
phainopeplas -  (or silky flycatchers)  stand, strand
phalaropes -  dopping, swirl, twirl, whirl, whirligig
pheasants - nest, nide, bouquet, brace, nye, plume, plump, trip
phoebes (flycatchers) -  outfield, swatting, zapper, zipper
pigeon - kit, band, dropping, loft, passel, school
ploverscongregation, wing, brace, deceit, ponderance (killdeer - season)
poorwills -  addiction
ptarmigan -  congregation, covey, invisibleness
quail - bevy, covey, battery, drift, flush, rout, shake
rails -  hill, rumor (Virginia  - reel; Clapper - applause, audience, commercial; Yellow - clique)
ravens - unkindness
redpolls -  gallup
robins -  worm (see thrushes)
roadrunners -  marathon, race
rooks - building, congregation
rosy-finches -  bouquet
sanderlings -  grain
sandpipers -  bind, contradiction, fling, hill, time-step
shrikes -  abbatoir, [abattoir is a slaughterhouse, from French], watch
skuas. -  shishkab
snipes -  leash, walk, whisper, winnowing, volley
Song Sparrows -  choir, chorus
 (see sparrows)
soras -  ache, expression,  whinny
sparrows - crew, flutter, host, meinie, quarrel, ubiquity
     (
see Chipping, Field, Fox, Golden-crowned, Harris's, House, Song, Vesper)
spoonbills -  bowl
starlings -  chattering, constellation, filth, murmuration, scourge, vulgarity
storks -  clatter, filth, muster, mustering,  phalanx, swoop
swallows -  flight, gulp, herd, kettle, richness, sord (Tree - stand; Bank - foreclosure)
swans -  bevy, ballet, drift, regatta, school, game, herd, team, wedge (flying in a "V")
swifts -  box, flock, screaming frenzy, swoop
tanagers -  season
teals - spring, coil, dopping, knob, paddling
terns -  ternery, U  (Least Tern - straightness; Common - committee)
thrushes -  hermitage, mutation
titmice -  banditry, dissimulation
turkey -  rafter, crop, dole, gang, posse, raffle
Vesper Sparrows -  congregation, liturgy
 (see sparrows)
vireos -  call
vultures -  cast, committee, meal, vortex, wake
warblers (chats, redstarts, waterthrushes, yellowthroats) -  bouquet, confusion, fall, wrench
waxwings -  ear-full, museum
whip-poor-wills -  invisibility, seek
wigeons - company
woodpeckers -  descent, drumming, gatling
wrens -  chime, flight, flock, herd
yellowlegs -  incontinence

Group Names by Species  Names - Young Birds  |  Modern, Made-up names  |
  

  
Group Names of Birds    (listed alphabetically by group name) 
Abbatoir - Shrikes   [abattoir  is a slaughterhouse, from French]
Addiction -
Poorwills
Ache - Sora
Aerie -
Eagles, Hawks
Applause -
Clapper Rails
Ascension -
Larks
Asylum  -
Cuckoos, Loons
Audience -
Clapper Rails
Badelynge -
Ducks
Ballet -
Swans
Band -
Jays, Pigeon
Banditry -
Titmice
Battery -
Herons, Quail
Battling -
Mallards
Bazaar -
Murres, Guillemots, Owls
Bevy -
Partridge, Quail, Swans
Bind -
Sandpipers
Blight -
House Sparrows
Bodelyng -
Ducks
Boil -
Hawks
Bouquet -
Hummingbirds, Pheasants, Rosy-Fiinches, Warblers
Bowl - Spoonbills
Box -
Swifts
Brace -
Ducks, Merlin, Partridge, Plovers
Brood -
Chickens (hens), Chicks, Kites
Building -
Rooks
Bunch -
Ducks
Cadge -
Peregrines
Call -
Vireos
Cast -
 Falcons, Hawks, Jays, Vultures
Castle -
Kinglets
Cauldron  -
Crows
Charm -
Finches, Goldfinches
Chattering -
Budgerigars, Choughs, Larks, Starlings
Chime -
Wrens
Choir -
Song Sparrows
Chorus -
Grouse, Song Sparrows
Clamor -
Rooks
Clique -
Green Kingfishers, Yellow Rails
Circlage -
Martins
Clatter -
Storks
Cloud -
Blackbirds
Cluster -
Blackbirds, Knots
Clutch -
Chicks
Coil -
Teal
Colony -
Auks, Gulls, Penguins, Purple Martins, murrelets
Comercial - Clapper Rails
Committee -
Common Terns, Vultures
Company -
Finches, Parrots, Wigeons
Concentration - Kingfishers
Confusion -
Warblers
Congregations -
Egrets, Ibis, Plovers, Ptarmigans, Rooks, Vesper Sparrow
Congress  -
Crows
Constellation -
Starlings
Construction  -
Cranes
Contradiction -
Sandpipers
Convocation -
Eagles
Cooch  -
Cuckoos
Coronation -
Kingbirds
Corral -
Cowbirds
Covert -
Coots
Covey -
Quail, Partridges, Grouse, Ptarmigans
Crookedness  -
Crossbills
Crop -
Turkeys
Court -
Kingbirds, Kinglets
Crew -
Sparrows
Crown -
Belted Kingfishers
Crue -
Field Sparrows
Cry -
Loons
Curfew -
Curlews
Daggle -
Mallards
Dance  -
Cranes
Dash -
Bitterns
Deceit -
Lapwings, Plovers
Decoration -
Buntings
Den -
Fox Sparrow
Desert -
Lapwings, Plovers
Descent -
Woodpeckers
Development -
House Finch
Dissimulation -
Birds, Titmice
Dodge -
Chicken Hawks
Dole -
Doves, Turkeys
Coil -
Teal
Doppling -
Mallards, Phalaropes
Drift -
Quail, Swans
Dropping -
Pigeon
Drumming
- Grouse, Woodpeckers
Dule -
Doves
Dynasty -
Kinglets
Ear-full -
Waxwings
Echo -
Mockingbirds
Exactness -
Mockingbirds
Exaltation -
Larks
Expression -
Sora
Fall -
Woodcocks, Warblers
Filth -
Starlings, Storks
Fleet -
Birds, Frigatebirds
Flock -
Birds, Chickens, Ducks
Flight -
Birds, Cormorants, Doves, Dunlins, Goshawks, Kestrel, Martins, Swallows, Wrens
Fling -
Dunlins, Knots, Sandpipers
Flotilla -
Frigatebirds, Gulls
Flush -
Ducks, Quail
Flutter -
Sparrows
Foreclosure -
Bank Swallows
Freeze -
Bitterns
Gaggle -
Geese
Gallup -
Redpolls
Game -
Curlews, Swans
Gang -
Turkey
Gatling -
Woodpeckers
Glare -
Goshawk
Glaring -
Owls
Glittering -
Hummingbirds
Grain -
Sanderlings
Gross -
Goshawk, Grosbeaks
Grumbling
- Grouse
Gullery -
Gulls
Gulp -
Cormorants, Martins, Swallows
Half -
Goshawk
Happiness -
Larks
Head -
Curlews
Hedge -
Herons
Herd -
Cowbirds, Cranes, Curlews, Swans, Swallows, Wrens
Hermitage -
Bluebirds, Thrushes
Heronry -
Egrets
Hill -
Rails, Sandpipers
Horde  -
Crows
Host -
Sparrows
Hover -
Kestrels
Hovering -
Hummingbirds
Humiliation -
House Sparrows
Illusion -
Merlins
Incontinence - Yellowlegs
Invisibleness - Ptarmigans
Invisibility - Whip-poor-wills
Jar - Nuthatches
Jugging -
Partridge
Kettle -
Hawks, Kites, Nighthawks, Swallow
Kit - Pigeon
Knob - Teal
Knot - Hawks
Ladle - Dippers
Leash - Merlins, Grouse, Snipes
Litergy - Vesper Sparrow
Loft - Pigeon
Loomery -
Auks, Loons, Murrelets
Lute -
Mallards
Marathon -
Roadrunners
Meal -
Vultures
Meinie -
Sparrows
Merl -
Blackbirds
Mewing -
Catbirds
Mural -
Buntings
Murder -
Crows
Murmuration -
Starlings
Museum -
Waxwings
Muster -
Crows, Peacocks, Storks
Mustering -
Storks
Mutation -
Bluebirds, Thrushes
Nest -
Pheasants
Nide -
Pheasants
Nye -
Pheasants
Omniscience -
Godwits
Ostentation -
Peacocks
Outfield -
Flycatchers, Phoebes
Paddling -
Teal
Pandemonium -
Parrots
Pantheon -
Godwits
Parliament -
Owls
Party -
Jays
Parcel -
Birds
Passel -
Pigeon
Peep -
Chicks
Phalanx -
Storks
Pint -
Bitterns
Piteousness -
Doves
Pitying -
Turtledoves
Plagiary -
Mockingbirds
Plume -
Pheasant
Plump -
Moorhens, Wildfowl, Pheasant
Pod -
Birds, Meadowlarks, Pelicans
Poll -
Harris's Sparrow
Ponderance -
Plovers
Pose -
Herons
Posse -
Turkey
Pouch -
Pelicans
Prattle -
Parrots
Prayer -
Godwits
Pretense -
Bitterns
Princedom -
Kinglets
Psittacosis -
Parrots
Quarrel -
Sparrows
Race -
Roadrunners
Raft -
Auks, Ducks, Loons, Murrelets
Raffle - Turkeys
Rafter -
Turkeys
Rattle -
Belted Kingfishers
Reel -
Virginia Rails
Regatta -
Swans
Reign -
Golden-crowned Sparrows
Relm -
Kingfishers
Richness -
Nightingales, Martins, Swallows
Ridicule -
Mockingbirds
Rookery -
Cormorants, Herons
Roost -
Kites
Rout -
Quail
Rumor -
Rails
Rush -
Goldfinches
Sacrifice -
Buntings
Salon -
Curlews
Scavenging -
Gulls
Scattering -
Herons
School -
Pigeon
Scold -
Jays
Scourge - Starlings
Screaming Frenzy - Swifts
Screech - Gulls
Season - Killdeer, Tanagers
Seat - Catbirds
Sedge  - Cranes, Egrets, Herons
Seek - Whip-poor-wills
Shake - Quail
Shimmer  - Hummingbirds
Shishkab  - Jaegers, skuas
Siege  - Bitterns, Cranes, Egrets, Herons
Skein  -
Curlews, Fowl, Geese (flying)
Skewer -
Egrets
Sleeze  -
Creepers
Slyness -
Fox Sparrow
Soar -
Kestrels
Sord -
Mallards, Swallows
Spring -
Teal
Springul -
Larks
Spiral  -
Creepers
Spiraling -
Hawks
Squabble -
Gulls
Stampede -
Cattle Egrets
Stand -
Ibis, Flamingos, Phainopeplas, Tree Swallows
Stooping -
Kites, Owls
Straightness -
Least Terns
Strand -
Phainopeplas
Stream -
Hawks
String -
Kites
Subdivision -
House Sparrows
Sunning -
Cormorants
Swatting -
Flycatchers, Phoebes
Swim -
Cormorants
Swirl -
Phalaropes
Swoop  -
Cranes, Martins, Storks, Swifts
Tangle -
Knots
Team -
Ducks, Swans
Ternery -
Terns
Tiding -
Magpies
Time-step -
Sandpipers
Trip -
Dotterel, Dunlins, Pheasant
Tournament -
Chipping Sparrows
Tower -
Hawks
Treasury -
Goldfinches
Trembling -
Finches
Tune -
Hummingbirds
Twirl -
Phalaropes
Tyranny -
Kingbirds
"U" -
Terns
Ubiquity -
Sparrows
Unkindness -
Ravens
Vein -
Goldfinches
Volery -
Birds
Volley -
Snipes
Vortex -
Vultures
Vulgarity -
Starlings
Wake -
Vultures
Walk -
Snipe
Warp  -
Crossbills
Warren -
Partridge
Watch -
Nightingales, Shrikes
Water Dance -
Grebes, Loons
Wedge -
Ibis, Geese, Swans  (flying in a "V")
Whinny -
Sora
Whirl -
Phalaropes
Whirligig -
Phalaropes
Whisper -
Snipes
Wing -
Plovers
Winnowing -
Snipes
Wisdom -
Owls
Wisp -
Snipe
Worm -
Robins
Wrench -
Warblers
Zapper -
Flycatchers, Phoebes
Zipper -
Flycatchers, Phoebes
  

|   Group Names by Species  |  Group Names   |   Modern, Made-up names  |
  

  
Names for Bird Young:
birds -  fledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick
chickens -  chick, (young hen - pullet), (young rooster - cockrell)
dove - squab
ducks -  duckling
eagles -  eaglet
geese -  gosling
grouse -  cheeper
hawks - eyas
hens -  pullet
owls -  owlet
partridges - cheeper
pigeons - squab
quail -  cheeper
swans -  cygnet
turkeys -  poult

   

Group Names by Species    Group Names   |   Names - Young Birds  |
  

 
Modern, made-up group names on the humorous side:
    
(provide by Steve Carr)
Asylum of Loons, Cuckoos
Ballet of nutcrackers
Board of Surfbirds
Box of Corn Crakes
Centerfield of Flycatchers
Chain of Bobolinks
Cluster of Knots
Construction Job of Cranes
Creamery of Skimmers
Delivery Room of Storks
Dufflebag of buffleheads
Embarrassment of Red-faced Warblers
Flurry, Drift, Storm or Blizzard of Snowy Plovers*
Frenzy of Swifts
Gallon of petrels
Game of Solitaires
Hangover of Red-eyed Vireos
Invisibleness of ptarmigans
Loft of Pigeons
Looming of Vultures
Lunacy of Cuckoos
Meow of Mew Gulls
Mew of Catbirds
Mooing of Cowbirds
Motor of Scoters
Ordination of Bishops
Pasa of Condors
Peace Gathering of Doves
Peel of Bananaquits
Pie full of Blackbirds
Pouch of Pelicans
Punchbowl of Dippers
Rafter of Barn Owls
Revenge of Montezuma Quail
Ridicule of Mockingbirds
Right and Left of Terns
Rockefeller of oystercatchers
RSVP of Egrets
Sailing of Frigatebirds
Scoop of skimmers
Smidgen of Wigeons
Stealth of Creepers
Stew of Oystercatchers
Strand of Silky Flycatchers
String of Kites
Subdivision of House Sparrows
Train Yard of Rails
Turnpike of Roadrunners
Twirling of Phalaropes
Vortex of vultures
Wheat field of Thrashers

Listing of Birders
Idiocy of Birders
 
* added to the original list of modern made-up names.

  
Compiled by "Utah Birds"
Sources: whatbird.com
enchantedlearning.com
among others now forgotten

  

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