Wednesday, November 11, 2015

When is a Kit the Same As a Dole?

... When you're talking about groups of pigeons and doves.

A group of pigeons is called a "kit." A group of doves is called a "dole." Betcha didn't know that. Neither did I, until I uncovered this picture I took a long time ago of pigeons and doves feeding in a local supermarket's parking lot.

I was going to describe the picture as a food convention of pigeons and doves, but recalled that groups of specific birds have specific names. For example, a "murder" of crows, a "murmuration" of starlings, a "bouquet" of pheasants, a "descent" of woodpeckers, a "tidings" of magpies ...

Gotta be specific, y'know.

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