Collective Nouns

Bird Orders, Families etc.Group Names
Geese, Ducks & Swans
GeeseA gaggle – on land or water
A skein – in flight
A chevron, wedge – flying in a "V"
DucksA safe – on land
A paddling, raft – on water
A dopping – when diving
A plump, team – in flight
WigeonsA company, knob, trip
MallardsA sord, sute – in flight
TealA coil, diving, knob, spring
SwansA ballet, bevy, drift, herd, regatta, whiteness
Grouse, Partridge and Wild Turkeys
PartridgeA bevy, bew, covey, jugging, warren
GrouseA chorus, covey, drumming (during mating season), grumbling, leash, lek,
pack
Wild TurkeysA gang, rafter
LoonsAn asylum, cry, water dance
GrebesA water dance
CormorantsA flight, gulp, sunning, swim
Bitterns and Herons
BitternsA dash, pretense, sedge, siege
HeronsA battery, hedge, pose, rookery, scattering
EgretsA congregation, RSVP, skewer, wedge
Turkey VulturesA cast, colony, committee, venue, wake
Eagles and Hawks
EaglesAn aerie, congress, convocation, jubilee, soar, spread, tower
HarriersA harassment, swarm
HawksA boil, kettle (riding a thermal), knot, spiralling, screw, stream
GoshawksA flight, glare, gross
Rails and Coots
Virginia RailsA reel
SorasAn ache, expression, whinny
CootsA commotion, cover, covert, fleet, raft, swarm
MoorhensA plump
Plovers
PloversA congregation, wing (in flight)
KilldeerA season
Sandpipers, Snipe and Woodcock
YellowlegsAn incontinence
SandpipersA bind, contradiction, fling, hill, time-step
SnipeA leash, volley, walk, wisp
WoodcockA cord, fall, flight, plump, rush
Gulls & Terns
GullsA colony, flotilla, pack, scavenging, screech, squabble
TernsA ternery, "U"
Common TernsA committee
Pigeons and Doves
PigeonsA band, dropping, flight, kit, loft, passel, plague, school
DovesA dole, dule, flight
OwlsA bazaar, glaring, parliament, sagaciousness, silence (in flight) stare,
stooping, wisdom
Barn OwlsA stable
Barred OwlsA jail, a prohibition
Snowy OwlsA blizzard
Nightjars – Nighthawks &
Whip-poor-wills
NighthawksA kettle
Whip-poor-willsAn invisibility, seek
Swifts and Hummingbirds
SwiftsA box, drift, screaming frenzy, swoop
HummingbirdsA bouquet, charm, hover, glittering, shimmer, tune
KingfishersA clique, concentration, crown, rattle, realm
Woodpeckers
WoodpeckersA descent, descension, drumming, fall, gatling
SapsuckersA slurp
FlickersA guttering, menorah, Peterson
Pileated WoodpeckersA crown
Falcons
KestrelsA flight, hover, soar
MerlinsA brace, leash, illusion
FalconsA bazaar, cadge, cast
Perching Birds
Flycatchers
FlycatchersAn outfield, swatting, zapper, zipper
PeweesA dribble, squirt
KingbirdsA coronation, court, tyranny
ShrikesAn abattoir, watch
Vireos
VireosA call
Red-eyed VireosA hangover
Jays and Crows
JaysA band, cast, party, scold
CrowsA cauldron, caucus, congress, cowardice, horde, hover, mob, murder,
muster, parcel, storytelling
RavensA bazaar, congress, conspiracy, constable, rant, scatter, unkindness
LarksAn ascension, chattering, exaltation, happiness, spring, springful
Swallows and Martins
Purple MartinsA colony, richness
SwallowsA flight, gulp, herd, kettle, richness, swoop
Tree SwallowsA stand
Bank SwallowsA foreclosure
Barn SwallowsA kettle
ChickadeesA banditry, dissimulation
NuthatchesA jar
CreepersA sleeze, spiral
WrensA chime, herd
KingletsA castle, court, dynasty, princedom
Thrushes
ThrushesA mutation
RobinsA worm
Mockingbirds and Thrashers
CatbirdsA mewing, seat
MockingbirdsAn echo, exactness, impression,plagiary, precision, ridicule
StarlingsA chattering, cloud, clutter, congregation, constellation, filth,
murmuration, scourge, vulgarity
WaxwingsAn ear-full, museum
Snow BuntingsA drift
Warblers
OvenbirdsA stew
WarblersA bouquet, confusion, fall, wrench
Black-and-white WarblersA dichotomy, distinction, integration
Mourning WarblersA wake
Magnolia WarblersA corsage
Yellow WarblersA stream, sweetness, trepidation
Palm WarblersA reading
Pine WarblersA cone
New World Sparrows
TowheesA tangle, teapot
Sparrows, JuncoesA crew, flutter, host, meinie, quarrel, tribe, ubiquity
American Tree SparrowsA grove
Chipping SparrowsA tournament
Field SparrowsA crue
Vesper SparrowsA congregation, liturgy
Fox SparrowsA den, flock, slyness
Song SparrowsA choir, chorus
Cardinals and Grosbeaks
TanagersA season
CardinalsA college, conclave, deck, radiance, Vatican
Grosbeaks (ex.Rose-breasted)A gross
BuntingsA decoration, mural, sacrifice
Blackbirds
BobolinksA chain
BlackbirdsA cloud, cluster, grind, merl
CowbirdsA corral, herd
OriolesA pitch, split
Finches
FinchesA charm, company, trembling, trimming
House FinchesA development
CrossbillsA crookedness, warp
RedpollsA gallup
GoldfinchesA 007, charm, chattering, drum, glister, rush, treasury, troubling, vein
Grosbeaks (ex. Pine,
Evening)
A gross
Old World Sparrows
House SparrowsA blight, humiliation, subdivision
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Other
FlamingosA flamboyance
PeacocksAn ostentation
OttersA romp
PorcupinesA prickle
RaccoonsA mask
SkunksA stench