An Ostentation of Peacocks

A few years ago, while working at a local bookstore, I happened upon a book called An Exaltation of Larks by none other than James Lipton, of Inside the Actor’s Studio fame.

This quirky little book (“a classic anthology of collective nouns,” as exciting as that may sound) piqued my interest, and sat upon my designated section of our “staff picks” shelf until the sad, sad day when someone bought it right out from under me.

I hadn’t thought about that book again until today, and decided to look up a bit of the priceless knowledge it once bestowed upon me, and share it with you here. You know, just in case you’ve ever wanted to know how to categorize a grouping of say, magpies. (The answer is tidings, by the way.)


A bevy of quail
A bouquet of pheasants [when flushed]
A brood of hens
A building of rooks
A cast of hawks [or falcons]
A charm of finches
A colony of penguins
A company of parrots
A congregation of plovers
A cover of coots
A covey of partridges [or grouse or ptarmigans]
A deceit of lapwings
A descent of woodpeckers
A dissimulation of birds
A dole of doves
An exaltation of larks
A fall of woodcocks
A flight of swallows [or doves, goshawks, or cormorants]
A gaggle of geese [wild or domesticated]
A host of sparrows
A kettle of hawks [riding a thermal]
A murmuration of starlings
A murder of crows
A muster of storks
A nye of pheasants [on the ground]
An ostentation of peacocks
A paddling of ducks [on the water]
A parliament of owls
A party of jays
A peep of chickens
A pitying of turtledoves
A raft of ducks
A rafter of turkeys
A siege of herons
A skein of geese [in flight]
A sord of mallards
A spring of teal
A tidings of magpies
A trip of dotterel
An unkindness of ravens
A watch of nightingales
A wedge of swans [or geese, flying in a “V”]
A wisp of snipe

There. Never say this blog didn’t attempt to be educational.
(Image taken from Amazon)

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