Bird Photography – Turkeys and Grouse – Phasianidae


The creative noun people were not overly creative for the Turkey even if they were prolific. I mean flock (boring), rafter (vague) and brood (juveniles) really could apply to most birds. Then there are more equally poor words for a group of turkeys: crop, dole, gang, posse, and raffle. Surely, they could have come up with the same  perfect collective noun as I did…a gobble! These game birds do seem to be of some inspiration because it unusual to see so many collective nouns. Grouse has a lot of them: brace, brood, chorus, complaint desk of (seriously!), covey, drumming, flight, gaggle, grumbling, lek, leash (???), pack and tok are all collective nouns for grouse. None of which are really inspired. OK, the silly “complaint desk” has some level of amusement, but not in a practical sense. I mean if you were bird watching would you turn to your colleague and say “Look a complaint desk of grouse on yonder ridge!”? NOPE!

From Wikipedia

The Phasianidae is a family of birds which consists of the pheasants and partridges, including the junglefowl (including chicken), Old World Quail, francolins, monals and peafowl. The family is a large one, and is occasionally broken up into two subfamilies, the Phasianinae, and the Perdicinae. Sometimes additional families and birds are treated as being in this family as well; the American Ornithologists’ Union includes Tetraonidae (the grouse), Numididae (guineafowls), and Meleagrididae (turkeys) in Phasianidae as subfamilies.

From My Portfolio of Turkey and Grouse Photography

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