And we have another fine offering, just in time for the Halloween Blue Moon! I give you Installment #38 of my blog thread describing what to call groups of animals … See how many you can guess. Answers listed at the bottom of the page.
- Once the weather turns cold, this rush rushes off.
- A wing on the wing casts one big shadow!
- A rake is hardly rakish,
- And a wisp isn’t wispy.
- But does a bellowing bellow?
- I doubt the flink will flink this link!
- Rush of migrating birds
- Wing of dragons
- Rake of colts 
- Wisp of snipe 
- Bellowing of bullfinches 
- Flink of cows 
NOTES:  Everything you ever wanted to know about horses but were afraid to ask….: “In horse racing, particularly for Thoroughbreds in the United Kingdom, a colt is defined as an uncastrated male from the age of 2 up to and including the age of 4.” Wild 1 to 2-year colts are driven from their herds by the herd stallion. Once driven out, they usually form a bachelor herd. “They stay with this band until they are mature enough to form their own herd of mares.” A foal is a horse of either sex less than 1 year old. A yearling is either sex, aged 1-2. A filly is a young female horse. A mare is an adult female horse. A stallion is an uncastrated adult male horse. A gelding is a castrated male. A rig or ridgling is an incompletely castrated male horse. Wikipedia.org  A snipe is a slender-billed bird from the sandpiper family.  The name bullfinch comes from its stocky shape and thick neck.  Flink refers to 12 cows or more. And, according to the Urban Dictionary, to flink is the act of forwarding a web link or address to someone electronically.
© Jadi Campbell 2017. All photos © Uwe Hartmann. To see more of Uwe’s animal photos and pics from our trips go to viewpics.de. Fun animal names from en.wiktionary.org, www.writers-free-reference.com, Mother Nature Network and www.reference.com.
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2 thoughts on “The Animal Kingdom: 38”
Rake was the only one I knew.
I am almost to the end of my blog thread on names for animal families – I learned (and almost immediately forgot) so many terms. It was fun!