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?

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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,

    Mick

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