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Animal Collectives: Can you find a company of parrots on your next tour of Tambopata? By Susan Walker

One of the guides asked me the other day what a group of frogs is called, as in Spanish it translates to a congress. To be honest, I didnít even know a group of parrots had their own collective name. Here are a few others:

  • An army of frogs
  • A knot or lump of toads
  • A school of fish
  • A gaggle of geese
  • A flock of birds
  • A crash of rhinos
  • A pod of whales
  • A herd of cattle
  • A pride of lions
  • A cloud of gnats
  • A swarm of insects


Here is a list of Bird collectives, terms that you can use to describe a group of like bird species.
  • A ballet of swans
  • A bazaar of guillemots
  • A bevy of quail [or swans]
  • A bouquet of pheasants [when flushed]
  • A brace of grouse
  • A brood of hens
  • A building of rooks
  • A cast of hawks [or falcons]
  • A charm of finches
  • A colony or huddle of penguins
  • A company of parrots
  • A congregation of plovers
  • A convocation of eagles
  • A cote of doves
  • A cover of coots
  • A covey of partridges [or grouse or ptarmigans]
  • A deceit of lapwings
  • A descent of woodpeckers
  • A dole of doves
  • An exaltation of larks
  • A fall of woodcocks
  • A flamboyance or ostentation of peacocks
  • A flight of swallows [or doves, goshawks, or cormorants]
  • A fling of dunlin
  • A gaggle of geese [wild or domesticated]
  • A host of sparrows
  • A kettle of hawks [riding a thermal]
  • A murmuration of starlings
  • A murder or congress of crows
  • A muster of storks [or turkeys]
  • A nye of pheasants [on the ground]
  • A paddling of ducks [on the water]
  • A parliament of owls [or rooks]
  • A party of jays
  • A peep of chickens
  • A pitying of turtledoves
  • A plump of waterfowl
  • A raft of ducks [on water]
  • A rafter of turkeys
  • A sedge of cranes
  • A siege of herons
  • A skein of geese [in flight]
  • A sord of mallards
  • A spring of teal
  • A tiding of magpies
  • A trip of dotterel
  • An unkindness of ravens
  • A watch of nightingales
  • A wedge of swans
  • A wisp of snipe


Now we just need a few suggestions for some more local birds of Tambopata like tanagers and oropendulas. I suggest a spark of tanagers as they flitter around in a range of colours like the sparks from a fireworks show. As for oropendulas, a somersault would go some way to describing their dance when they call. Any other suggestions?

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