How many cows make a herd? How many geese make a gaggle? How many lions make a pride?
We’re tempted to say two, but then it would be a small herd and a “giggle” instead of a gaggle! Actually, if you’re speaking of domestic cattle and geese, the only limit we can think of is the farmer’s ambitions. As for the size of a pride, we think it depends on the great good nature of the dominant male (although 30 is considered a crowd). While on the subject, there are lots of little-known collectives, such as these bird groupings: a “chatter” of budgerigars, a “twittering” of magpies, a “murmuration” of starlings, and an “exaltation” of larks.