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How well do you know your collective bird nouns?

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Do you know your posses from your parliaments?

Collective nouns, e.g. the word used to describe a number or ‘collection’ of one species are something of a British fascination - especially those with rather unusual collective terms, such as the commonly known ‘parliament’ of owls.

How many collective bird nouns do you know? If you get them all correct, you’ll have the chance to win a Ring Pull Pro Seed Feeder!

Hint: Remember that for many species, there is more than one collective noun in common use.

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A ____ of Woodpeckers

A ____ of Woodpeckers

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Correct, it's a Descent

We have three native species here in the UK and they are known to be able to peck up to 20 times per second.

A ____ of Magpies

A ____ of Magpies

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Correct, it's a Siege

Magpie numbers within the UK and Ireland have quadrupled in the last 35 years.

A ____ of Lapwings

A ____ of Lapwings

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Correct, it's a Desert

Also known as the Peewit, the Lapwing has suffered several notable population declines in the last 100 years.

A ____ of Starlings

A ____ of Starlings

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Correct, it's a Murmuration

The largest recorded flock or murmuration of starlings ever recorded was in Norfolk in 1958 and estimated to contain 3 million Starlings.

A ____ of Wrens

A ____ of Wrens

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Correct, it's a Chime

According to the RSPB the Wren is the most common UK breeding bird with an estimated 7 - 8.5 million breeding pairs.

A ____ of Finches

A ____ of Finches

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Correct, it's a Charm

The Goldfinch, one of the 16 members of the finch family that are found in the UK was such a popular caged bird in Victorian Britain that the netting and catching of the species led to a population decline.

A ____ of Ravens

A ____ of Ravens

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Correct, it's a Unkindness

Ravens are massive! They are the biggest member of the UK Corvid family and have a wingspan of 1.3 metres.

A ____ of Doves

A ____ of Doves

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Correct, it's a Flight

The Turtle Dove is one of five British doves (and pigeons) in the UK. A summer visitor, it is the fastest declining British bird with a 91% population decline since 1991.

A ____ of Owls

A ____ of Owls

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Correct, it's a Parliament

The Barn Owl is the most popular of the native British owls. Their average life expectancy is only 4 years, with as many as 70% not making it through their first year. The oldest recorded Barn Owl was 15 years.

A ____ of Jays

A ____ of Jays

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Correct, it's a Party

Jays are sometimes known to eat eggs or nestlings, and it is this practice that has tarnished their reputation. In fact, they are largely vegetarian birds.