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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:56 PM

You Birders Are Indecisive! What's the Collective Noun for Robins?

There are so many robins around at the moment, gracing our gardens, parks and woodlands with their songs and territorial squabbles and bright bursts of cheery redness, that I couldn’t help but wonder what collective noun is used for the robin. So, I googled, and found two different lists, though both had many of the same words. The British Bird Lovers website says their list was chosen by members of their Facebook page, though I’m not sure when that occurred, and the Bird Guides website reports on a poll conducted by BTO and the Sunday Express in 2011, where members of the public gave their suggestions.

This is the combined list, accompanied, of course, by lots of photos of cute robins because you can never have too many robins! Which name is your favourite?

a round of robins
a breast of robins
a blush of robins
a bobbin of robins
a carol of robins
a gift of robins
a reliant of robins
a riot of robins
a rouge of robins
a ruby of robins
a rabble of robins
a red of robbins
a squabble of robins
a rash of robins
a hood of robins

https://earthstar.blog/2016/04/01/a-collective-noun-for-robins/


I may have to go with a reliant of robins because:

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Reply You Birders Are Indecisive! What's the Collective Noun for Robins? (Original post)
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 OP
Harker Jun 2019 #1
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #2
Harker Jun 2019 #3
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #4
3catwoman3 Jun 2019 #5
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2019 #12
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #22
Sanity Claws Jun 2019 #6
Laffy Kat Jun 2019 #37
Brother Buzz Jun 2019 #8
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #10
sarge43 Jun 2019 #13
Harker Jun 2019 #18
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #23
sl8 Jun 2019 #15
Harker Jun 2019 #19
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2019 #9
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #11
Marthe48 Jun 2019 #16
Harker Jun 2019 #17
sl8 Jun 2019 #14
Fla Dem Jun 2019 #20
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #21
Harker Jun 2019 #24
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #25
Harker Jun 2019 #30
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #31
Harker Jun 2019 #32
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #33
Harker Jun 2019 #35
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #36
Laffy Kat Jun 2019 #38
Harker Jun 2019 #39
Ohiogal Jun 2019 #26
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #27
Rollo Jun 2019 #28
Rollo Jun 2019 #29
Harker Jun 2019 #34

Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:04 PM

1. A ward.

Or a wonder.

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Response to Harker (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:09 PM

2. You keep quiet you turkey, or I'll put you in the rafters

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:19 PM

3. (insert realistic gobble gobble sound here)

The rafters offer a bird's eye view.

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Response to Harker (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:25 PM

4. "Rafter" is the collective noun used for a bunch of turkeys

A rafter of turkeys.
An unkindness of ravens.
A kettle of hawks.

I likes me some collective nouns for birds.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:38 PM

5. My favorite is...

...an exaltation of larks.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 10:13 PM

7. A peep of chickens

A pitying of doves
A flamboyance of flamingos

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:37 PM

12. I like "a glaring of cats."

The more common word is "clowder," but "glaring" sometimes works better.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #12)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 12:55 PM

22. A pounce of cats

After they are done glaring, they pounce. It just makes sense.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 09:51 PM

6. A murder of crows

Just wanted to add that one.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 09:34 PM

37. It's only a murder if there's probable caws.

(Sorry)

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:33 PM

8. An unkindness of ravens

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:36 PM

10. Personally, I like ravens

They are intelligent and mischievous. I welcome that in a bird. I feel like we are on the same side.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 06:05 AM

13. A parliament of owls

A charm of finches
A company of parrots
A siege of herons
A convocation of eagles

Or a cast of hawks

One I thought of: A confusion of cockatiels

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:53 AM

18. A congress of turkeys, maybe?

Don't distract me, Proudlib72... I'm thinking about boobies.

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Response to Harker (Reply #18)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 12:56 PM

23. It's a trap!

Watch out now!

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Response to Harker (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:42 AM

15. Only if the Robin is also a Dick. n/t

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Response to sl8 (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 08:02 AM

19. I've seen a few tough, aggressive ones lately. n/t

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:35 PM

9. But those are European robins.

Maybe there's a different collective noun for North American robins.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:37 PM

11. What's the collective name for a group of unladen swallows?

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:43 AM

16. African or European?

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:43 AM

17. A chug. n/t

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:39 AM

14. One of the commenters provided us with, "'A Batman of Robins"

First comment on the linked site:

Olly said:

I asked this question as part of our Christmas quiz (“what should the collective name for robins be?”) and my grandmother absolutely smashed it with:

‘A Batman of Robins’

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 10:12 AM

20. I'm sure you knew this, but if not.....

What do you call a group of Robins? A 'ROUND' of Robins. Even though Robins are notoriously anti-social, they do occasionally come together, as they did in a BTO Garden BirdWatch Garden this winter, prompting the search for a collective noun for Britain's national bird.Jan 12, 2011
What do you call a group of Robins? A 'ROUND' of Robins | BTO ...

https://www.bto.org/community/news/.../what-do-you-call-group-robins-‘round’-robins


And just in case you're wondeing about other birds...........

Special Flock Names
When a flock consists of just one type of bird or closely related species of birds, specialized terms are often used to describe the group. The most colorful and creative flock names include:

Birds of Prey (hawks, falcons): cast, cauldron, kettle
Bobolinks: chain
Buzzards: wake
Cardinals: college, conclave, radiance, Vatican
Catbirds: mewing
Chickadees: banditry
Chickens: peep
Cormorants: flight, gulp, sunning, swim
Coots: cover
Cowbirds: corral, herd
Cranes: herd, dance
Creepers: spiral
Crossbills: crookedness, warp
Crows: murder, congress, horde, muster, cauldron
Doves: bevy, cote, flight, dule
Ducks: raft, team, paddling, badling
Eagles: convocation, congregation, aerie
Emus: mob
Finches: charm, trembling
Flamingos: flamboyance, stand
Frigatebirds: fleet, flotilla
Game Birds (quail, grouse, ptarmigan): covey, pack, bevy
Geese: skein, wedge, gaggle, plump
Godwits: omniscience, prayer, pantheon
Grosbeaks: gross
Gulls: colony, squabble, flotilla, scavenging, gullery
Herons: siege, sedge, scattering
Hoatzins: herd
Hummingbirds: charm, glittering, shimmer, tune, bouquet, hover
Jays: band, party, scold, cast
Kingbirds: coronation, court, tyranny
Kingfishers: concentration, relm, clique, rattle
Knots: cluster
Lapwings: deceit
Larks: bevy, exaltation, ascension, happiness
Loons: asylum, cry, water dance

more>>>>>>>>>>
https://www.thespruce.com/flock-names-of-groups-of-birds-386827


Google is your friend

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 12:41 PM

21. A jar of nuthatches

Those little buggers are annoying and peck holes in the side of your house, so I'm going to call them an "annoyance of nuthatches."

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #21)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 01:56 PM

24. Hey. Two of my best friends in Colorado

were Beaky and Igor (eyegore), pygmy nuthatches. No pygmies in PA. Sniff.

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Response to Harker (Reply #24)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 04:41 PM

25. In Durango, they tried their damnedest to peck holes in my house

I would shoe them away. Ten seconds later, they would be back. They are little stinkers! Flickers do more damage, but nuthatches are persistent.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #25)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 05:39 PM

30. We had a cabin on Storm Mtn.

One early morning I awoke to the sound of a hummingbear ripping the siding off. He was clean through to the drywall in the kitchen when I scared him off.

Juvenile punk.


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Response to Harker (Reply #30)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 06:31 PM

31. A hummingbear, huh

Well, at least they are pleasant, humming nice tunes, while being destructive.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #31)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:11 PM

32. Those glass things with red

sugar water... hummingbear feeders. They guzzle the stuff, and they'll rip them off from dizzying heights.

Flickers out here are yellow, rather than red, shafted.

We have jars of white-breasted nuthatches, but red-breasted are infrequent.

A quiver of flickers?

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Response to Harker (Reply #32)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:17 PM

33. I found a hummingbear!



The flickers I've seen have been sort of sandy brown and mottled: the northern flicker. I volunteer a "fuck you" of flickers. They are obstinate birds!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #33)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:26 PM

35. Damn!

They're as difficult to photograph as jackelopes!

The colorful 'shafts' are in the tail. There was one on the CU campus for a couple of years running that hammered on the metal housing of a street lamp during mating season. He could be heard from quite a distance.

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Response to Harker (Reply #35)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:50 PM

36. Yeah, that's another thing they do: hammer on metal

WTF? I had a dude come out and put up a piece of sheet metal to cover a flicker hole. He said the flicker might come back and try hammering anyway, but it was going to ruin his beak. I was fine with him ruining his little pecker!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #36)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 09:40 PM

38. OMG, I used to have one wake me up every damn morning, same time.

I kept wondering which neighbor was using a jackhammer so early before I figured it out. It was right on the side of my house next to my bedroom. It still visits from time to time. I do enjoy watching them from afar, however.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #38)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 10:10 PM

39. They're elegant

so long as they aren't housepeckers.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 04:56 PM

26. "An asylum of loons."

Sounds like the Republican National Headquarters

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #26)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 05:05 PM

27. Also a "cry of loons"

Sounds like butt hurt MAGAts.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 05:31 PM

28. Baskin of Robins

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 05:33 PM

29. The robins in my back yard seem rather solitary, Can't remember ever seeing them flock.

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Response to Rollo (Reply #29)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:17 PM

34. They're pretty territorial

and, as you noted, not flockers. I see an occasional dust-up, but they're decided pretty quickly, and the loser scrams.

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