Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Cry of Hounds and an Exaltation of Larks

For Noah, it was a simple pair of this and a pair of that.

The Animal Collective

a herd of antelope
an army of ants
a shrewdness of apes
a congress of baboons
a culture of bacteria
a cete of badgers
a sleuth of bears
a lodge of beavers
a flight of bees
a flock of birds

a sedge of bitterns
a sounder of boar
a chain of bobolinks
a clash of bucks
a herd of buffalo
a rabble of butterflies
a wake of buzzards
a flock of camels
an army of caterpillars
a clutter of cats
a herd of cattle
a flock of chickens

a cartload of chimpanzees
a herd of chinchillas
a bed of clams
a quiver of cobras
a rag of colts
a bury of conies
a cover of coots
a flight of cormorants
a band of coyotes
a siege of cranes
a float of crocodiles
a murder of crows

a herd of deer
a pack of dogs
a pod of dolphins
a drove of donkeys
a bevy of doves
a paddling of ducks
an aerie of eagles
a swarm of eels
a herd of elephants
a gang of elk

a mob of emus
a business of ferrets
a charm of finches
a school of fish
a swarm of flies
a skulk of foxes
a colony of frogs
a gaggle of geese
a horde of gerbils
a corps of giraffes
a cloud of gnats
a herd of gnus

a drove of goats
a charm of goldfinches
a band of gorillas
a skein of goslings
a leash of greyhounds
a covey of grouse
a colony of gulls
a group of guinea pigs
a husk of hares
a kettle of hawks
a prickle of hedgehogs
a brood of hens

a shoal of herrings
a crash of hippopotami
a drift of hogs
a nest of hornets
a herd of horses
a cry of hounds
a charm of hummingbirds
a clan of hyenas
a band of jays

a smack of jellyfish
a mob of kangaroos
a deceit of lapwings
an exaltation of larks
a leap of leopards
a pride of lions
a lounge of lizards
a herd of llamas
a plague of locusts
a tiding of magpies
a sord of mallards

a richness of martens
a nest of mice
a labor of moles
a troop of monkeys
a herd of moose
a pack of mules
a watch of nightingales
a family of otter

a parliament of owls
a drove of oxen
a bed of oysters
a company of parrots
a covey of partridges
a muster of peacocks
a colony of penguins

a bouquet of pheasants
a flock of pigeons
a farrow of piglets
a wing of plovers
a chine of polecats
a pod of porpoises
a passel of possum
a coterie of prairie dogs
a covey of quail
a bury of rabbits
a gaze of raccoons

a colony of rats
a rhumba of rattlesnakes
an unkindness of ravens
a crash of rhinocerouses
a clamor of rooks
a run of salmon
a pod of seals
a school of shark
a flock of sheep
a den of snakes
a walk of snipes
a host of sparrows
a dray of squirrels
a murmuration of starlings

a muster of storks
a flight of swallows
a bevy of swans
a flock of swifts
a drift of swine
a spring of teals
an ambush of tigers

a knot of toads
a hover of trout
a flock of turkeys
a nest of vipers
a colony of vultures
a mob of wallabees
a herd of walruses
a pack of weasels
a pod of whales
a pack of wolves
a warren of wombats
a fall of woodcocks
a descent of woodpeckers
a herd of yaks, and
a zeal of zebras
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2 comments:

EMac said...

In the book I have, it's a "clowder" of cats (and a kindle of kittens) though I admitt "clutter" is probably more accurate. It also lists an "ostentation" of peacocks and an "unkindness" of ravens.

EMac and Sienna Smile-A-Bull CGCx3

The Doubtful Guest said...

a congress of baboons

Fitting, isn't it?