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What caused me to look this up, doesn't matter anymore. But this Google journey was a fun one and I thought I'd post it here.

The proper terminology for the young of any species of fowl is a chick. But, I find some of the more uncommon ones fascinating. A baby hare is a leveret. A baby hawk is an eyas. A baby quail is a cheeper or a squealer =) A baby jellyfish is an ephyna.

Animal group names are also very interesting. An exaltation of larks. A murder of crows. A richness of martens. A covey of grouse. An array of hedgehogs. A parliament of owls. A cete of badgers. A siege of heron. A bale of turtles. A bloat of hippopotami =D


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bokane
Sep. 24th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
Also, a lamentation of swans, which I find beautiful.
bride
Sep. 24th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
How deliciously poetic =)
yueni
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
I like "a murder of crows," which is deliciously morbid enough to suit me.
bride
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm still trying to find the etymology behind that... ie. what could it be that led to that characterization?
yueni
Sep. 25th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
I don't know if this is true or not. An ornithologist might be able to help, but this is what I've heard:

That crows will gather in a group, in a rough circle and one bird will be in the centre of that circle, and (s)he'll say something for a bit. And after that, there are two possibilities: 1) That crow will take off in flight, and the rest will follow the crow, or 2) They'll jump the crow and murder it, basically.
trigeekgirl
Sep. 25th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
Hah, more random trivia to throw at people. Thank you!
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