Collective Noun for Hawks

What Is a Group of Hawks Called?

A group of hawks is called a cast.
Collective NounUsage
casta cast of hawks
collective noun for hawks
cast of hawks
The term "cast" refers specifically to a pair of hawks released after a game bird. A group of hawks is also called a kettle (riding a thermal) or leash (three).

What Type of Word is "Cast"?

The word "cast" is a collective noun. A collective noun is a word used to represent a group of people, animals, or things.

"Cast Is" or "Cast Are"?

Writers are often unsure whether to treat a collective noun like "cast" as singular or plural. As a general rule, you should treat a collective noun as singular. However, if the context of your sentence focuses on the individuals within the group, you should treat it as plural. For example:
  • The cast is moving nearer.
  • The cast are moving in different directions.
Here are 300 more collective nouns for animals.

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