17th October 2019

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What do you call a bunch of birds?

Species: Any large group of birds, no matter how many different species make up the group, can be called a flock if only a general flock term is used. The exception is when all the species that make up the flock are still in the same related family.

What are different groups of birds called?

Perhaps the most common is a flock of birds, but it can also be a flight, volery, or brace.
  • Bitterns: sedge.
  • Chickens: brood, clutch, peep.
  • Cormorants: gulp.
  • Cranes: herd, sedge.
  • Crows: murder, congress.
  • Doves: dole, flight, piteousness.
  • Ducks: Raft, brace, paddling, raft.
  • Eagles: convocation, aerie.

What is the term for a group of ravens?

A group of ravens is called an "unkindness" or "conspiracy," which seems fitting, since ravens are traditionally considered creepy; in fact, seeing many of them in one place can induce Hitchcockian "The Birds"-like flashbacks in even the least ornithophobic (those people with a fear of birds).
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