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161 Collective Nouns for Animals

Wondering what to call a group of animals or the so-called collective nouns for animals? You’re not alone.

While some names for groups of animals are pretty common, like a flock of birds, others are quite unusual and even hilarious.

The first register of collective nouns for animals goes back to the 15th century in the Book of Saint Albans. The book is so interesting that it even has collective nouns not only for animals but also for humans.

Either way, whether you want to learn how to call certain groups of animals or want to discover funny animal groups’ names, this post is for you.

Without further ado, let’s learn the collective names of animals!

Collective Nouns for Animals: Animal Groups Names

Here are the animal names, along with their animal group names.

Group of common frogs

Names for Groups of Amphibians

Frogs – army

Salamanders – herd or congress

Toads – knot or knab

Group of scorpions

Names for Groups of Arachnids

Scorpions – bed or nest

Spiders – cluster or clutter

The collective noun for flamingos is flamboyance
The collective noun for flamingos is flamboyance

Names for Groups of Birds

Choughs – clattering

Coots – covert

Cranes – sedge

Crows – murder

Doves – dule

Ducks – paddling, brace, or team

Dunlins – fling (when in flight)

Eagles – convocation

Emus – mob

Falcons – cast

Finches – charm

Flamingos – flamboyance 

Fowl – plump, trip, or skein (when in flight)

Geese – gaggle, flock, or skein (when in flight)

Goldfinches – charm

Grouse – brace, covey, or pack

Hawks – cast or kettle

Herons – siege

Lapwings – desert

Larks – exaltation or ascension

Magpies – tittering or tiding

Mallards – sord

Nightingales – watch

Owls – parliament

Parrots – pandemonium

Partridges – covey

Peacocks – muster or ostentation

Penguins – colony

Pheasants – nest, nide, or bouquet

Pigeons – flock or flights

Plovers – congregations or wing

Quails – bevy

Raccoons – gaze

Rats – colony, pack, or swarm

Ravens – unkindness

Ruffs – hill

Seagulls – flock

Sheldrake – dropping

Snipe – walk or wisp

Sparrows – host

Starlings – murmuration

Storks – mustering

Swans – wedge (when in flight), a bevy, or lamentation

Teal – spring or string

Turkeys – posse, rafter, or gang

Vultures – venue

Waterfowl – bunch, knob, or raft (on water)

Woodcocks – fall

Woodpeckers – descent

Group of lemon shark

Names for Groups of Fish

Bass – shoal

Fish – school, run, shoal, catch, or haul

Goldfish – troubling

Minnows – steam

Sharks – shiver

Stingrays – fever

Trout – hover

Madagascar hissing cockroach

Names for Groups of Insects

Ants – colony or army

Bees – bike, drift, hive, or swarm

Butterflies – flight or wing

Caterpillars – army

Cockroaches – intrusion

Flies – swarm

Gnats – cloud or horde

Grasshoppers – cloud

Locusts – plague or cloud

Mosquitoes – scourge

Termites – colony or swarm (when in flight)

Wasps – pledge

Group of jellyfish

Names for Groups of Invertebrates

Clams – bed

Jellyfish – smack or brood

Oysters – bed

Snails – escargatoire, rout, or walk

Group of giant pandas

Names for Groups of Mammals

Antelopes – herd

Apes – shrewdness

Baboons – troop

Badgers – cete

Bats – colony

Bears – sloth (or sleuth) | Cubs – litter

Beavers – colony

Boar – sounder

Buffalo – gang, herd, or obstinacy

Camels – caravan

Cheetahs – coalition

Coyotes – band

Deer – herd

Dolphins – pod

Donkeys – drove

Echidnas – parade

Elephants – parade or herd

Elk – gang or herd

Ferrets – business

Foxes – leash or skulk

Fur seals – harem

Giraffes – tower or herd

Gorillas – band

Hares – down or husk

Hedgehogs – array

Hippopotami – bloat or thunder

Hogs – drift or parcel

Hyenas – cackle

Jaguars – shadow

Kangaroos – mob or troop

Kittens – kindle

Lemurs – conspiracy

Leopards – leap

Lions – pride

Manatees – aggregation

Mares – stud

Martens – richness

Mice – mischief or nest

Moles – labor

Monkeys – troop, barrel, or cartload

Otters – raft, romp, or family

Pandas – cupboard or embarrassment

Platypus – paddle

Polar bears – aurora

Porcupines – prickle

Porpoises – herd, pod, or school

Prairie dogs – coterie

Rabbits – colony or warren

Rhinoceroses – crash

Roes – bevy

Rooks – building or parliament

Seals – plump, spring, colony, or harem

Sheep – flock

Skunks – stench

Squirrels – scurry or dray

Tigers – streak or ambush

Walrus – herd or pod

Wallabies – mob

Weasels – pack, colony, or gang

Whales – gam, school, or pod

Wild cats – destruction

Wolves – pack or route

Wombats – wisdom

Zebras – zeal

Group of turtles

Names for Groups of Reptiles

Cobras – quiver

Crocodiles – bask or float

Lizards – lounge

Rattlesnakes – rhumba

Snakes – nest or knot

Turtles – bale or nest

Vipers – nest

Group of puppies

Names for Groups of Domestic Animals

Cats – clowder, glaring, pounce, or nuisance | Kittens – litter or kindle

Cattle – herd or drove

Chickens – brood or peep | Chicks – clutch or chattering

Cows – kine, drove, herd, or fold | Twelve or more cows are a flink

Dogs – litter or cowardice | Puppies – litter

Donkeys – pace

Goats – herd, tribe, or trip

Greyhounds – leach

Horses – harras or team

Hounds – mute, cry, or pack

Mules – pack, span, or barren

Oxen – team or yoke

Pigs – drift or drove (younger pigs), or sounder, team, or litter (older pigs)

Ponies – string

Turkeys – rafter or gang

Yaks – herd

Group Names For Animals In Written Context

Now that you know the collective nouns for animals of the most diverse classes, you can start showing off your knowledge or finish your homework.

To do that, you write first the collective noun for that animal + the plural name of the animal. Example:

  • A crash of rhinoceroses
  • A sloth of bears
  • A shrewdness of apes
  • A richness of martens
  • An obstinacy of buffalos
  • A litter of kittens
  • An army of caterpillars
  • An army of ants
  • A flock of geese
  • A litter of cubs
  • A brace of ducks OR a paddling of ducks

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