Special Sub-Topic: Unusual Animal Group Names
|What is the collective name for a group of lapwings?|
A deceit. The Latin word for the Northern lapwing is 'Vanellus vanellus'. There are about 24 species of the lapwing, including the crowned lapwing and the masked lapwing.
|Ferrets can be referred to as a 'business' and a 'cast'. By what other name can they also be known as?|
A fesnying. Ferrets under one year old are known as kits. They are a domesticated animal and for hundreds of years were used for hunting. Ferrets make excellent family pets.
When Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married in 1981, ferrets were used to run the sound and TV cables in to awkward places.
|Which of the following refers to a group of kittens?|
An intrigue. Other collective names for a group of kittens, are, 'kindle' and 'litter'.
When kittens are between 3 and 5 months old there require 4 or 4 meals a day. A healthy kitten has a glossy coat, bright eyes, with a cool damp nose.
|A group of Guinea fowl can be referred to as 'a confusion'.|
True. The Guinea fowl is native to West Africa, and was introduced to Europe in the 16th century by the Portugese. This bird usually mates for life.
|What is the collective name for a group of bullfinches?|
A bellowing. Bullfinches are seldom seen in flocks. They are usually solitary or in pairs.
They lay between 4 and 7 eggs, favouring woodland and dense undergrowth to build their nests.
|What is the collective name for a group of wombats?|
A wisdom. Wombats are marsupials and are native to south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. They grow to about one metre in length. The name 'wombat' originates from the Eora Aboriginies, who first inhabited the Sydney region.
|What is the collective name for a group of cormorants?|
A gulp. In Japan, for example, cormorants were trained by fisherman to catch fish. The throats of the cormerants were restricted by a type of trap, which allowed them to swallow only small fish. The bigger fish would become stuck in their throats and the fishermen would remove the fish.
In Japan cormorant fishing is called ukai.
|Which of the following is NOT a collective name for a group of buffalo?|
A band. Herd can also be used as a collective name for a group of buffalo.
Amercian buffalo are in fact bison. There are only two species of buffalo, the 'water buffalo' (which is also known as the Asian buffalo) and the 'Cape buffalo'.
|What is the collective name for a group of vultures?|
A venue. When circling in the air, a group of vultures is called a 'kettle'.
In South Africa, vulture parts are used in the production of traditional medicines and are said to be effective for providing clairvoyant powers and increased intelligence.
|What is the collective name for a group of stingrays?|
A fever. There are about 70 species of stingray. These fish mate in the winter and when in the 'courtship' phase, the males pursue the females, biting their pectoral discs.
On September 4, 2006, Steve Irwin, the Australian televsion personality, died after he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb.
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