I love collective nouns for animals such as a parliament of owls or a clutter of cats. Other favourites include a murder of crows, a mob of kangaroos, a mask of raccoons, a pandemonium of parrots and a prickle of hedgehogs.
Wondering who first came up with the term a parliament of owls, a bit of online research revealed a few different theories. One of the theories that I found interesting was that C.S Lewis made a pun from Chaucer’s The Parliament of Fowls when he called a chapter in The Silver Chair, A Parliament of Owls. There is an interesting forum on this topic at Into the Wardrobe – a C.S Lewis web site.
Below is my Parliament of Owls. They were painted mainly in 2012 and then I made prints which I sell at markets and in my Etsy store. My husband thought they would look nice as a collection on the wall behind our dining table. I think they look a little like a quilt all placed together. Perhaps a Patchwork of Owls?