An orchestra of avocets – and other collective nouns for birds

You have probably heard of collective nouns for birds such as a ‘murder of crows’ and a ‘parliament of owls’ but have you come across these terms?

An orchestra of avocets
A water dance of grebes
A mural of buntings
A quilt of eiders
A booby of nuthatches
An aerie of eagles
A michief of magpies
A quarrel of sparrows
An invisibleness of ptarmigans
A kettle of swallows
A wisp of snipe
A descent of woodpeckers
A committee of terns
A pitying of turtledoves
A banditry of titmice
A fall of woodcock
A charm of goldfinches
A deceit of lapwings
A scold of jays
A crown of kingfishers
A commotion of coots
A chime of wrens
An exultation of skylarks


Thanks to Country Life for the inspiration.
Image courtesy of Dr Joseph Valks at