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What do you call a group of crows?

A group of crows is called a murder.


There are many different names for groups of different animals. While a group of crows is called a murder, a group of ravens is known instead as an unkindness. Most people known that a group of lions is known as a pride, but did you know that a group of cranes is known as a sedge?

Some of the group names seem pretty strange, but some of them are definitely appropriate! A group of sharks is known as a shiver, and you would most likely know if an intrusion of cockroaches had invaded your home.

The same goes for the names of baby animals. Most people know that baby cows are called calves. Baby dolphins, hippos, and elephants are also known as calves. A baby hawk is called an eyas, and a baby eels are known as elver.


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