what do you call a group of peacocks
A group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope (and when you imagine a massive group of them all taking wing it’s easy to see why!)
So the other day I found out what the name for a collective group of owls is (it’s a parliament, by the way), and that set me to thinking: what other strange and cool names are there for groups of animals?
Thanks to the following for their suggestions and contributions: Bruce Helmboldt, Stephan L. Moss, Pete Janzen, Macklin Smith, Billie Jo Johnstone, Richard Danca, Gail Mackiernan, Alice Rasa.
Alas, the OED itself is not totally reliable: the word “kettle” (as both a noun and a verb) has been used by hawk watchers for many years, and it has often appeared in print; the OED editors obviously are not birders. It may well be that the other terms in group E appear on the 15th-century lists and were simply missed.
Peacocks are ground-feeders that eat insects, plants, and small creatures. There are two familiar peacock species. The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (Burma). A more distinct and little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests.
Distinctive Tail Feathers
It’s unclear when this phrase was invented, with examples dating to the late 19th century. But its origin is likely an allusion to Chaucer’s poem “The Parliament of Fowls,” alongside the use of parliament as a collective noun for rooks.
Pembroke Pines residents are urged to call 954-431-2200 if they have any information regarding the animal’s origins or its current whereabouts. It’s unclear what authorities would do with the incredibly agile cow if they caught it, but animal arrests aren’t unprecedented. Here are some animals that have been taken into police custody.
“Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore,’” wrote Edgar Allan Poe about a raven taunting a lovesick man over his lost love, Lenore. There’s that death association again. Ravens feed largely on dead animals, so it’s no wonder a group of them is known as a constable , an unkindness , or a conspiracy .
Even though they can’t fly, penguins have distinct names for when they are on land and in the water. A group of penguins on land is a colony , or a waddle (because they waddle side to side when they walk, obviously). In the water, a group of penguins is considered a raft .