A Crow by any other name...

I was tossing together a list of names for crows in various foreign tongues, but it has now expanded to include a few more members of the corvidae family. I suspect that no one will object.

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Crow

A group of crows is called "A Murder".

Foreign names for 'Crow'

Cheyenne: Okohke
Czech: Harval
Dutch: Kraai
Esperanto: Kornik/o
Finnish: Varis
French: Corneille
German: Krahe (Crow), Rabenkrahe (Carrion Crow), Nebelkrahe (Hooded Crow)
Greek: Koronae
Hawaiian: Alala
Icelandic: Krka (spelling?)
Italian: Corvo
Japanese: Karasu (Crow) or Legarasu (House crow) or Hashibosogarasu (Carion crow) or Hashibutogarasu (Jungle crow)
Lakhota: Kangi
Latin: Corvx
Navajo: Gaagii (crow or raven)
Norweigan: Kråke
Ojinwe (Chippewa indian tongue): Aandag (pronounced 'on-daag' with long a's in 'daag')
Old English: Creow or Corbie
Old French: Corbin
Old Scots: Corbie
Russian: Vorona (Vor-O-na)
Sanskrit: Kaaka
Scottish Gaelic: Rocas (masculine) or Rocais (feminine), or Feannag
Slovenian: Vrana
Spanish: Corneja / Cornella
Suaheli (a Kenyan tongue): Kunguru (house crow)
Swedish: Kråka (pronounced Kroka) or plural: Kråkor
Tagaloy (Philipine tongue): Uwak
Turkish: Karga
Ukrainian: Vorona (voROna) or Chorna vorona (CHORna voROna) for C. corone, or Sira vorona (SIra voROna) or Gava (GAva) for C. cornix

Latin (scientific) names for various Crows

American Crow or Common Crow: Corvus brachyrhynchos
Banggai Crow: Corvus unicolor
Bougainville Crow: Corvus meeki
Brown-headed Crow: Corvus fuscicapillus
Cape Crow: Corvus capensis
Carrion Crow: Corvus corone
Collared Crow: Corvus torquatus
Cuban Crow: Corvus nasicus
Fish Crow: Corvus ossifragus
Flores Crow: Corvus florensis
Grey Crow: Corvus tristus
Hawaiian Crow: Corvus hawaiiensis
House Crow: Corvus splendens
Jamaican Crow: Corvus jamaicensis
Jungle Crow: Corvus levaillantii
Large-billed Crow: Corvus macrorhynchos
Little Crow: Corvus bennetti
Long-billed Crow: Corvus validus
Mariana Crow: Corvus tropicus or Corvus kubaryi
Mexican Crow or Tamaulipas Crow: Corvus imparatus
New Caledonian Crow: Corvus moneduloides
Northwestern Crow: Corvus caurinus
Palm Crow: Corvus palmarum
Pied Crow: Corvus albus
Piping Crow: Corvus typicus
Sinaloa Crow: Corvus sinaloae
Slender-billed Crow: Corvus enca
Stresemann's Bush-Crow: Zavattariornis stresemanni
Tamaulipas Crow: Corvus imparatus
Torresian Crow: Corvus orru
White-billed Crow: Corvus woodfordi
White-necked Crow: Corvus leucognaphalus

Raven

A group of Ravens is called 'An Unkindness'. It can also be a 'Constable' or 'Conspiracy', though, depending on what they are doing at the time. For example, an unkindness of ravens might torment a dog and steal its food. A constable of ravens is stationed at the Tower of London. A conspiracy of ravens might be seen lurking in the shadows of a garbage dump.

Foreign names for 'Raven'

Algonquin: Kagagi
Cherokee: Kalanu
Cree: Kakakiw (pronounced Kukahkiw)
Danish: Ravn (pronounced like round without the d)
Dutch: Raaf or Rafn
Esperanto: Korv/o
Finnish: Korppi
French: Corbeau (or Grand Corbeau)
Gaelic: Bran
German: Kolkrabe
Greek: Korakas
Hungarian: Hollo
Icelandic: Hrafn
Irish: Fiach
Italian: Corvo
Japanese: Watarigarasu
Lakota: Kangi Tanka
Latin: Corvus
Navajo: Gaagii (crow or raven)
Norweigan: Ravn
Old English: Hrafn, Hrefn, Hrfn, Hremn, or Hremm
Russian: Voron (vO-ron) or Vron
Scots Gaelic: Fitheach
Slovenian: Krokar
Spanish: Cuervo
Swedish: Korp, or plural: Korpar
Turkish: Kuzgun
Ukrainian: Kruk
Welsh: Cigfrain
Yup'ik Eskimo: Tulukaruk

Latin (scientific) names for various Ravens

Common Raven: Corvus corax
Australian Raven: Corvus coronoides
Brown-necked Raven: Corvus ruficollis
Chihuahuan Raven: Corvus cryptoleucus
Fan-tailed Raven: Corvus rhipidurus
Forest Raven : Corvus tasmanicus
Little Raven: Corvus mellori
Reflict Raven: Corvus boreus
Thick-billed Raven: Corvus crassirostris
White-necked Raven: Corvus albicollis

Rook

A group of rooks is called "A Parliament", or "A Building"

Foreign names for 'Rook'

French: Corbeau Freux
Finnish: Mustavaris
German: Saat kraha
Hungarian: Dolmanas varju
Japanese: Miyamagarasu
Norweigan: Kornkråke
Russian: Gratch
Spanish: Graja
Swedish: Råka (pronounced Roka) or plural: Råkor
Ukrainian: Hrak or Hiyvoron (HIYvoron)

The Latin (scientific) name for the Rook is Corvus frugilegus

Jackdaw

Foreign names for 'Jackdaw'

French: Choucas des Tours
Finnish: Naakka (Eurasian Jackdaw) or Idannaakka (Daurian Jackdaw)
German: Dohle
Japanese: Kokumarugarasu (Eurasian Jackdaw) or Nishikokumarugarasu (Daurian Jackdaw)
Norweigan: Kaie
Russian: Galka (gAlka)
Spanish: Grajilla Swedish: Kaja
Ukrainian: Halka (HALka)
Welsh: Cawci

Latin (scientific) names for Jackdaws

Eurasian Jackdaw: Corvus monedula
Daurian Jackdaw: Corvus dauuricus

Magpie

A group of Magpies is called "A Tiding"

Foreign names for 'Magpie'

Cheyenne: mo'e'ha
Finnish: Harakka
French: Pie Bavarde
German: Elster
Hungarian: Svarka
Italian: Gazza
Japanese: Kasasagi (Black-billed Magpie) or Onaga (Azure-winged Magpie)
Navajo: Aa'a'ii
Norweigan: Skaejre
Turkish: Saksagan
Spanish: Urraca (or Garsa?)
Swedish: Skata, or plural: Skator
Welsh: Pi or Pia

Latin (scientific) names for various Magpies

Blackbilled Magpie or Common Magpie: Pica pica
Australian Magpie: Gymnorhina tibicen
Black Magpie: Platysmurus leucopterus
Ceylon Magpie: Urocissa ornata
Formosan Magpie: Urocissa caerulea
Gold-billed Magpie: Urocissa flavirostris
Blue Magpie: Urocissa erythrorhyncha
White-winged Magpie: Urocissa whiteheadi
Green Magpie: Cissa chinensis
Yellow-breasted Magpie: Cissa hypoleuca
Short-tailed Magpie: Cissa thalassina
Azure-winged Magpie: Cyanopica cyana

Jays

A group of Jays is called a 'party', a 'scold' or a 'band'.

Foreign names for Jays

Dutch: Gaai
German: Eichelhaher
Japanese: (Eurasian Jay) Kakesu
MicMac: (Grey jay) Weskejak
Navajo: (Bluejay) Joogii
Norweigan: Notteskrike
Spanish: Arrendajo
Swedish: (Eurasian Jay): Nötskrika

Latin (scientific) names for various Jays

Azure Jay: Cyanocorax caeruleus
Azure-hooded Jay: Cyanolyca cucullata
Azure-naped Jay: Cyanocorax heilprini
Beautiful Jay: Cyanolyca pulchra
Black-chested Jay: Cyanocorax affinis
Black-collared Jay: Cyanolyca armillata
Black-headed Jay: Garrulus lanceolatus
Black-throated Jay: Cyanolyca pumilo
Black-throated Magpie-Jay: Calocitta colliei
Blue Jay: Cyanocitta cristata
Brown Jay: Psilorhinus morio
Bushy-crested Jay: Cyanocorax melanocyaneus
Cayenne Jay: Cyanocorax cayanus
Crested Jay: Platylophus galericulatus
Dwarf Jay: Cyanolyca nana
Eurasian Jay: Garrulus glandarius
Florida Jay or Scrub Jay: Aphelocoma coerulescens
Green Jay: Cyanocorax yncas
Grey Jay: Perisoreus canadensis
Lidth's Jay: Garrulus lidthi
Mexican Jay: Aphelocoma ultramarina
Pinyon Jay: Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus
Plush-crested Jay: Cyanocorax chrysops
Purplish Jay: Cyanocorax cyanomelas
Purplish-backed Jay: Cyanocorax beecheii
San Blas Jay: Cyanocorax sanblasianus
Santa Cruz Jay: Aphelocoma insularis
Scrub Jay: Aphelocoma coerulescens or Aphelocoma californica
Siberian Jay: Perisoreus infaustus
Sichuan Jay: Perisoreus internigrans
Silvery-throated Jay: Cyanolyca argentigula
Steller's Jay: Cyanocitta stelleri
Tufted Jay: Cyanocorax dickeyi
Turquoise Jay: Cyanolyca turcosa
Unicolor Jay: Aphelocoma unicolor
Violaceous Jay: Cyanocorax violaceus
White-collared Jay: Cyanolyca viridicyana
White-throated Jay: Cyanolyca mirabilis
White-throated Magpie-Jay: Calocitta formosa
White-naped Jay: Cyanocorax cyanopogon
White-tailed Jay: Cyanocorax mystacalis
Yucatan Jay: Cyanocorax yucatanicus

NutCrackers

Latin (scientific) names for Nutcrackers

Common Nutcracker: Nucifragra nucifrafra
Clark's Nutcracker: Nucifragra columbiana

Choughs

A group of Choughs is called a 'Chattering'.

Latin (scientific) names for Choughs

Red-billed Chough: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Yellow-billed Chough: Pyrrhocorax graculus

 

Special thanx to Jon Higbee, RhiannonRaven, and everyone else who has helped me collect names for this file.


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