Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Murder, She Wrote

Did you know that a group of crows are referred to as a 'murder of crows'?
You're welcome.

9 comments:

Roland said...

first!

Mary Paddock said...

Yes, actually. I did. :) I once won a game at a baby shower because I knew this as well as the fact that a group of eagles is called a convocation. (Isn't that just the coolest name?)

Jayne said...

A group of Emus are called a Mob.

Kelly said...

Actually, I did know that at one time, but had forgotten. I'm always amused by the crows marching around in our yard. Now I'll be doubly so as I think of them as a "murder".

Thanks for the reminder!

Lydia said...

I did, only because of an album titled "a crow left of the murder" which my son explained to me. What you learn from your children. Thanks for the reminder!

steviewren said...

I wonder why....let me know as soon as you find out please.

Debby said...

A flock of owls is called a parliament.

A group of ravens is referred to as an unkindness.

But back to the crows: A group of crows is called a murder or a storytelling of crows.

This is based on the (fallacious) folk tale that crows form tribunals to judge and punish the bad behavior of a member of the flock. If the verdict goes against the defendant, that bird is killed (murdered) by the flock. The basis in fact is probably that occasionally crows will kill a dying crow who doesn't belong in their territory or much more commonly feed on carcasses of dead crows. Also, both crows and ravens are associated with battlefields, medieval hospitals, execution sites and cemeteries (because they scavenged on human remains). In England, a tombstone is sometimes called a ravenstone.

Lori said...

I did, actually. There is a pretty good book by the title of "A Murder of Crows" by Richard Barrett, and it was also made into a pretty decent move. But the book is better.

Daria said...

Thanks ... now I can impress my friends ... we have lots of crows here.