An Exaltation of Larks

Prompt: Murmuration

murmuration of starlings

A murmuration of starlings is a flock of starlings. In my experience, they squawk more than murmur, but such is the way of naming groups of birds. Some other remarkable, lovely, and inexplicable group names include:

  • A bellowing of bullfinches.
  • A wake of buzzards.
  • A paddling of doves.
  • A convocation of eagles.
  • A charm of goldfinches.
  • A confusion of guinea fowl.
  • A scold of jays.
  • A deceit of lapwings.
  • An exaltation of larks.
  • A fleet of mudhens.
  • A watch of nightingales.
  • A parliament of owls.
  • An unkindness of ravens.
  • A fling of sandpipers.
  • A spring of teal.
  • A mutation of thrush.
  • A pitying of turtle doves.
  • A descent of woodpeckers.

And while I wanted to keep this list to birds, did you know that a group of lice is called a flock? Did you want to know that?


4 thoughts on “An Exaltation of Larks

  1. A haiku senryu reply:
    starling murmrate
    not a vocalisation
    murmurings of wings
    flocks of starlings
    murmurations close your eyes
    hark the murmuring sky
    cuckoo’s cook coo
    cook oh yes many birds
    left feeding its young
    bit done on birds
    time for me to take off
    oh if I could fly
    winging on their way
    haiku electro waves
    one click delivered
    Best regards,


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