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    Birds in collection!

    How good are you with collective nouns!

    Below is a list of bird types, each with their own collective noun. How well can you fair in providing the correct collective noun?

    ? of parrots
    ? of gulls
    ? of buzzards
    ? of finches
    ? of woodpeckers
    ? of swallows
    ? of owls
    ? of nightingales
    ? of starlings
    ? of eagles
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    Re: Birds in collection!

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">A Sketch of (Dead) Parrots
    A Sea of Gulls
    A Woody of Woodpeckers
    A Florence of Nightingales
    A Landing of Eagles</span hide>

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Your in a comic mood today Hans...

    Sorry, you'll need to do some more research!!!
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    Re: Birds in collection!

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
    <font color=448800><font face="Comic Sans MS"><big>Lyra J </font color=448800></font face=comic></big>
    <img src=/S/flags/UK.gif border=0 alt=UK width=30 height=18> Ducking the arrows in Robin Hood country <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/Lyra_J_sig.gif ALT="No, Admins, no! I'm sorry, okay!" title="No, Admins, no! I'm sorry, okay!">

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Parrots, a company of
    Parrots, a flock of
    Parrots, a pair of
    Parrots, a pandemonium of
    Parrots, a prattle of
    Parrots, a psittacosis of

    Gulls, a colony of
    Gulls, a flock of
    Gulls, a flotilla of
    Gulls, a gullery of
    Gulls, a pack of
    Gulls, a scavenging of
    Gulls, a screech of
    Gulls, a skein of
    Gulls, a squabble of
    Gulls, a swoop of

    Buzzards, a flock of
    Buzzards, a kettle of
    Buzzards, a wake of

    Finches, a charm of
    Finches, a chirm of
    Finches, a company of
    Finches, a trembling of
    Finches, a trimming of

    Woodpeckers, a descant of
    Woodpeckers, a descension of
    Woodpeckers, a drumming of
    Woodpeckers, a gatling of

    Swallows, a flight of
    Swallows, a gulp of
    Swallows, a kettle of
    Swallows, a richness of
    Swallows, a swoop of

    Owls, a bazaar of
    Owls, a brood of
    Owls, an eyrie of
    Owls, a hooting of
    Owls, a looming of
    Owls, a nest of
    Owls, a stooping of

    Nightingales, an exultation of
    Nightingales, a match of
    Nightingales, a pray of
    Nightingales, a watch of

    Starlings, a chatter of
    Starlings, a chattering of
    Starlings, a cloud of
    Starlings, a clutter of
    Starlings, a concentration of
    Starlings, a constellation of
    Starlings, a filth of
    Starlings, a flight of
    Starlings, a gathering of
    Starlings, a hosting of
    Starlings, a murmuracyon of
    Starlings, a murmuration of
    Starlings, a roost of
    Starlings, a scourge of
    Starlings, a vulgarity of
    Starlings (Juvenile), a nest of

    Eagles, an aerie of
    Eagles, a brood of
    Eagles, a colony of
    Eagles, a convocation of
    Eagles, an eyrie of
    Eagles, a jubilee of
    Eagles, a nest of
    Eagles, a soar of
    Eagles, a spread of
    Eagles, a stooping of
    Eagles, a tower of</span hide>

    I cheated looking at Collective Nouns for birds

    [I choose to not include some that were listed that were more "silly" like the ones Hans posted <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>]
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    Re: Birds in collection!

    I can see you cheated! - But you cheated well and you are 100 ^ 10000000000000000000000000 times correct!

    Shall we now become a psittacosis of Parrots and discuss the details!! <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Birds in collection!

    The puzzle was to provide the information.

    You did not list it as something that you wanted to do from our "current" knowledge set without aid of other resources <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    I was just joking when I sayed you cheated....I certainly didn't expect anyone to get it correct out of general knowledge!!
    I somehow doubt that anyone could complete the puzzle without assistance! Its quite uncommon to know collective nouns for various species of birds. If it was about animals in general, then it would be different; eg. A pride of ants, a herd of birds, a crowd of lions, a flock of elephants, an army of people...etc.

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    I found an article on collectives Precision of Lexicographers: Collectives that I thought was interesting.

    It would seem that they began very similarly to the way Hans answered the puzzle...

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    I thought it was "an army of darkness"?

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    Yes, I see what you mean...as with the examples in the link...an intrigue of politicians, tedium of golfers, addition of mathematicians, expense of consultants, or clutch of car mechanics.

    How shall we say about the lounge... A whoppet of WOPR's, or a Seating of Loungers...
    This could get interesting!!!

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    Would you say an army of soldiers? or a troop of soldiers? or a company of soldiers?
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    Re: Birds in collection!

    I just came across a good one - "a smug of Mac users". <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    So what are we? A patch of Windows users?

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    Re: Birds in collection!

    It depends if it a troop (=platoon), a company, a squad, etc

    The are all different. A battalian (300-1000 soldiers) consists of 2-6 companies. A company (100-200 soldiers) is composed of 2 or more platoons (=troops, 30-40 soldiers) which are composed of squads (8-12 soldiers). Then there is the brigade (collection of battalians), Division (several brigades) and a Corp (several divisions)

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