Collective names for birds

Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
It’s not just a flock, in fact there are a variety of words used to describe groups of birds of the same genre such as a paddling of ducks and a cast of falcons. There are many more which can be found in Beat about the bush: Mammals and birds but here are my highlights. Which one is yours?

Collective nouns in the English language originated from France. It soon became a hunting tradition of the late Middle Ages to name groups of animals in such an artistic fashion. The first book to be published in English on the subject was the book of St Albans. Printed in 1486 it was subsequently reprinted many times in the 16th Century. A recommended modern day read is James Lipton’s Exaltation of Larks

Vote for the fact you find most fascinating

A mustering of storks

A wake of vultures

A descent of woodpeckers

An exaltation of larks

A paddling of ducks

A stand of flamingos

A pride of ostriches

A company of parrots

A fling of oxpeckers