A brood or hatch of birds; an old bird with her brood of young; hence, a small flock or number of birds together; -- said of game; as, a covey of partridges.
To brood; to incubate.
a small collection of people
a small flock of grouse or partridge
A family or small flock of birds. Especially refers to game birds, such as turkeys, doves, or bobwhites.
a small flock or group, often a family On our walk through the field, we disturbed a covey of quail that scattered noisily in every direction.