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    Question Herd, Troop, Flock, bevy,...

    Is there any English word that we can use with all animals when referring to a group of animals?

    Can "herd" be used for all animals.
    Or probably there is a word that can be used with all kinds of "birds" and another with the rest?

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    Re: Herd, Troop, Flock, bevy,...

    No, there is no single English word(other than 'group', that is) which can be used with all animals when we refer to a group of them. You just have to remember them.

    eg.
    herd of cattle
    litter of kittens
    pack of wolves
    swarm of bees
    pride of lions
    nest of snakes

    and for birds - Group Names for Birds

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    Re: Herd, Troop, Flock, bevy,...

    But what about ostriches? Do feathers and (short/vestigial/useless - except for balance etc.) wings qualify them for a flock? And when they're farmed for their meat do they become a herd?

    "Bevy" is an interesting one. A young man, out on the town, hoping to pick up a 'bird', might indeed use the word /'bevi:/ (conventionally transcribed as 'bevvy', but used primary in a colloquial context). But he'd mean 'alcoholic drink' - "goin' ou' for a few bevvies" [short for 'beverage']. So 'a bevvy of birds' would be a Dubonnet and Lemonade.

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    Re: Herd, Troop, Flock, bevy,...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But what about ostriches?
    This person can't seem to make up his mind:
    A group of ostriches is called a flock. Or rather a "herd of ostriches" and a "flock of birds".

    WikiAnswers - What is a group of ostriches called

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    Group name: Herd.

    Ostrich, Ostrich Profile, Facts, Information, Photos, Pictures, Sounds, Habitats, Reports, News - National Geographic
    "Herd" because they roam, right? Or is that wrong?

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    Re: Herd, Troop, Flock, bevy,...

    As so often, you shame me with your scholarship. I was just making a wisecrack.

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    Re: Herd, Troop, Flock, bevy,...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    As so often, you shame me with your scholarship. I was just making a wisecrack.

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    And here I thought there was some really cool name for a group of ostriches, like, say, an accordion.

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