Fun With Collective Nouns

a siege of bitterns
a dinner of ducks (The hunter who decided this was either cocky or desperate enough to attempt sympathetic magic.)
a box social of eagles
a charm of goldfinches
a skein of geese
a rasp of guineafowl
a deceit of lapwings
an exaltation of larks
tidings of magpies (When magpies are dispatched in lieu of letters, phone calls, or emails.)
a pandemonium of parrots
an ostentation of peacocks
an unkindness of ravens
a murmuration of starlings


a shrewdness of apes
a drunkenship of cobblers (Oh, surely now they’re just making things up.)
a hastiness of cooks
an observance of hermits
a smack of jellyfish
a superfluity of nuns (Richard Dawkins, is that you?)
a poverty of pipers
a zeal of zebras

I was going to put in “a piteousness of doves”, but apparently that’s ‘fanciful’. Because all the others were decided by logic, obviously.