Tui - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

The ultimate guide to collective nouns for New Zealand birds

This post is for all of the New Zealand and global bird-lovers out there.

New Zealand has some wonderful and incredibly intelligent birds that also tend to have rambuctious, mischievous and cheeky personalities.

Check out this video of a kea being, well… a kea if you don’t believe me…

Here are some little known collective nouns for New Zealand’s beautiful and diverse birds

Collective Nouns

Fernbirds, a waddle of

Hihi (Stitchbirds), a sewing circle of

Hihi (Stitchbirds), a rookery of

stitchbirds - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
stitchbirds – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Kahu, an arsenal of 

Kahu, a battalion of

Kahu - Harrier Hawk- Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Kahu – Harrier Hawk- Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Kaka, a hoon of

Kaka - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Kaka – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Kākāriki (New Zealand parakeet) a swooping of

Kakapo(s), a booming of

Kakapo (a flightless parrot), an island of

kakapo - morepork - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
kakapo – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Kakapo, a looming of

Kakapo, a rumble of

Kakapo, a trek of

Kea(s), a circus of

Kea, a conspiracy of

Kea - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Kea – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Kotare (Kingfishers), a concentration of

Kotare (Kingfishers), a relm of

Kotare (Kingfishers) (Belted), a crown of

Kotare (Kingfishers) a rattle of

Kotare (Kingfishers) a clique of

Kotare (Kingfishers) a concentration of

Kingfisher - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Kingfisher – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Kiwi(s), a tribe of

kārearea (NZ Falcons) a jubilee of

Moa(s), an extinction of

Moa - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Moa – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Moreporks, a haunting of

Morepork - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Morepork – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Kereru (New Zealand Pigeons) , a roost of

Kereru - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Kereru – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Piwakawaka (Fantails), a spread of

Piwakawaka (Fantails), a war party of

Piwakawaka - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Pouakai (Haast’s Eagle), an eyrie of

Haast eagle - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Haast eagle – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture.

Pukekos, a gawky of

Pukeko - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Pukeko – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Takahe, a mountain resort of

Takahe, a tussock of

south island takahe - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
south island takahe – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Tui(s), a battery of

Tui, an ecstasy of

Tui - Harrier Hawk- Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Tui – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Tītipounamu  (Riflemen), a firing squad of

Rifleman- Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Rifleman- Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Wekas, a brace of

weka - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
weka – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

Whios, a whistling of

Whio - blue duck - Birds, Mana and Maori Culture
Whio – blue duck – Birds, Mana and Maori Culture

More about Maori Kites at New Zealand Geographic

More about the conservation status, behaviour and biology of New Zealand birds at the Department of Conservation website

More about Maori symbolism and New Zealand native birds

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