Animal Groups

Terms for Groups of Animals, Birds and Insects


Ever wondered what the collective noun is for various groups of animals,
birds or insects? Here is an unofficial list of some of the obvious and not so obvious...


A Herd of Antelopes

An Army, Colony, State or Swarm of Ants

A Shrewdness of Apes

A Drove, Herd or Pace of Asses

A Congress of Baboons
A Flange or Troop of Baboons

A Colony or Culture of Bacteria

A Cete of Badgers

A Battery of Barracudas

A Shoal of Bass

A Cloud or Colony of Bats

A Sloth or Sleuth of Bears

A Colony or Family of Beavers

A Bike, Cluster, Drift, Erst, Grist, Hive, Nest or Swarm of Bees

A Dissimulation, Flock, Flight or Parcel of Birds
A Pod of Birds (small flock)
A Volary of Birds (in an aviary)
A Brace of Gamebirds or Waterfowl

A Herd of Bison

A Sedge of Bitterns

A Sounder or Singular of (Wild) Boar

A Chain of Bobolinks

A Brace OR Clash of Bucks

A Chatter of Budgerigars

A Gang, Herd, Obstinacy or Troup of Buffalo

A Drove of Bullocks

A Flutter, Kaleidoscope, Rabble, Rainbow or Swarm of Butterflies

A Wake of Buzzards

A Caravan, Flock or Train of Camels

A Herd of Caribou

An Army of Caterpillars

A Drift, Drove, Herd or Mob of Cattle

A Chowder, Clowder, Clutter, Comfort, Kindle, Litter, Pounce of Cats
An Intrigue of Kittens

A Coalition of Cheetahs

A Brood, Clutch, Flock, Peep or Run of Chickens
A Chattering or Clutch of Chicks

A Chattering of Choughs

A Bed of Clams

A Band of Coati (Coatimundi)

A Quiver of Cobras

An Intrusion of Cockroaches

A Rag of Colts

A Cover or Covert of Coots

A Herd or Kine of Cows
A Flink of Cows (12 Cows)

A Band, Pack, Rout or Train of Coyotes

A Bushel or Cast of Crabs

A Herd, Sedge or Seige of Cranes

A Bask, Congregation, Float, Nest or Striker of Crocodiles

A Horde, Hover, Murder, Muster, Parcel or Parliament of Crows

A Litter of Cubs

A Herd of Curlew

A Cowardice of Curs

A Herd, Leash or Mob of Deer
A Bevy of Roe Deer

A Troop of Dogfish

A Kennel of Dogs
A Cowardice of Curs
A Pack of Wild Dogs
A Litter of Puppies

A Pod or School of Dolphins

A Herd or Pace of Donkeys/Asses

A Trip of Dotterel

A Dole, Dule, Flight or Plague of Doves
A Pitying of Turtle Doves

A Badling of Ducks
A Bunch, Paddling or Raft of Ducks on Water
A Bed, Brace, Flight, Flock or Team of Wild Ducks in flight

A Fling of Dunlins

A Congregation or Convocation of Eagles

An Array or Seething of Eels

A Crash, Herd or Parade of Elephants

A Gang or Herd of Elk

A Mob of Emus

A Business or Busyness of Ferrets

A Charm of Finches

A Draft, Nest, School or Shoal of Fish
A Run of Fish (in motion)

A Flamboyance or Stand of Flamingoes

A Business, Cloud, Hatch or Swarm of Flies

A Cloud, Company, Earth, Leash, Skulk or Troop of Foxes

An Army, Colony or Knot of Frogs

A Flock, Gaggle of Geese
A Skein, Team or Wedge of Geese (in the air)
A Plump of Geese (on water)

A Horde of Gerbils

A Corps, Herd, Journey, Kaleidoscope, Kindergarten, Tower or Troop of Giraffes

A Cloud or Horde of Gnats

A Flock, Herd, Tribe or Trip of Goats

A Charm of Goldfinches

A Troubling of Goldfish

An Implausibility of Gnus

A Band of Gorillas

A Cloud of Grasshoppers

A Leash of Greyhounds

A Covey or Pack of Grouse

A Confusion or Rasp of Guinea Fowl

A Group of Guinea Pigs

A Colony of Gulls

A Horde of Hamsters

A Down, Husk, Mute or Trace of Hares

A Boil, Cast or Kettle of Hawks

An Array of Hedgehogs

A Brood of Hens

A Scattering, Sedge or Seige of Herons

An Army of Herring

A Bloat or Raft of Hippopotamuses (Hippopotami)

A Drift or Parcel of Hogs

A Nest of Hornets

A Field, Herd, Remuda, Set or Stable of Horses
A String or Stud of Breeding Horses
A Harras, Pair, Rag or Team of Horses (Colts)

A Cry, Kennel, Leash, Mute or Pack of Hounds

A Charm of Hummingbirds

A Cackle of Hyenas

A Mess of Iguana

A Swarm of Insects

A Husk of Jackrabbits

A Party or Scold of Jays

A Bloom, Smack or Swarm of Jellyfish

A Mob or Troop of Kangaroos

A Kendle, Kindle or Litter of Kittens

A Loveliness of Ladybirds

A Deceit or Desert of Lapwings

An Ascension, Bevy or Exaltation of Larks

A Group of Lemurs

A Leap of Leopards

A Flock, Pride, Sault, Sawt, Souse or Troop of Lions

A Cloud, Plague or Swarm of Locusts

A Raft of Loons

A Charm, Gulp, Murder, Tiding or Tittering of Magpies

A Brace or Sord of Mallards

A Stud of Mares

A Richesse or Richness of Martens

A Mob of Meerkats

A Steam of Minnows

A Labour of Moles

A Business of Mongooses

A Barrel, Cartload or Troop of Monkeys

A Herd of Moose

A Scourge of Mosquitoes

A Baren, Pack or Span of Mules

A Watch or Enchantment of Nightingales

A Bevy, Family, Raft or Romp of Otters

A Parliament, Stare, Study or Wisdom of Owls

A Drove, Herd, Span or Yoke of Oxen

A Bed of Oysters

A Company or Pandemonium of Parrots

A Covey of Partridges

A Muster or Ostentation of Peacock
A Pulchritude of Peacocks

A Litter of Peeps

A Pod, Scoop or Squadron of Pelicans

A Colony or Rookery of Penguins

A Bevy, Brood, Head, Nest, Nide or Nye of Pheasants
A Bouquet of Pheasants (in flight)

A Flight or Flock of Pigeons
A Kit of Pigeons (flying together)

A Herd, Litter or Trip of Pigs
A Passel or Team of Hogs
A Drift, Drove or Sounder of Swine

A Concregation, Stand or Wing of Plovers

A Drove or String of Ponies

A Prickle of Porcupines

A Herd, Pod or School of Porpoises

A Coterie of Prairie Dogs

A Bevy, Covey or Drift of Ptarmigan (or Quail)

A Litter or Puddle of Pups (or Puppies)

A Bury, Circle, Colony, Herd (Domestic), Litter or Trace of Rabbits

A String of Racehorses

A Colony, Mischief, Pack or Swarm of Rats

A Rhumba of Rattlesnakes

A Murder or Unkindness of Ravens

A Herd of Reindeer

A Crash or Herd of Rhinoceros

A Bevy of Roebucks

A Building, Clamour, Parliament or Rookery of Rooks

A Pod of Rotifers

A Hill of Ruffs

A Family of Sardines

A Pungent of Sasquatch

A Stench of Schnauzers

A Raft of Sea Otters

A Flock of Seagulls

A Herd of Seahorses

A Harem, Herd, Pod, Rookery or Trip of Seals

A Shiver of Sharks

A Drove, Flock, Herd, Hirsel, Mob, Pack or TRIP of Sheep

A Surfeit of Skunks

An Ascension of Skylarks

A Walk of Snails

A Bed, Brood, Den, Knot, Nest, Pir or Slither of snakes

A Walk or Wisp of Snipe

A Host, Knot or Quarrel of Sparrows

A Dray or Scurry of Squirrels

An Affliction, Chattering, Filth, Murmation, Murmuration of Starlings

A Fever of Stingrays

A Mustering of Storks

A Flight or Gulp of Swallows

A GAME, BANK, TEAM, HERD or BEVY* of swans. A Ballet, Lamentation, Wedge of Swans

A Flock of Swifts

A Drift, Herd or Sounder of Swine

A Cloud of Tadpoles

A Spring of Teal

A Brood, Colony, Nest OR Swarm of Termites

A Mutation of Thrushes

An Ambush or Streak of Tigers

A Knab or Knot of Toads

A Creep of Tortoises

A Hover of Trout

A Clutch, Gang or Rafter of Turkeys

A Dule or Pitying of Turtle Doves

A Bale, Dole, Nest or Turn of Turtles

A Blessing, Fantasy or Glory of Unicorns

A Bed of Urchins

A Nest of Vipers

A Committee of Vultures

A Herd or Pod of Walruses

A Nest, Pail or Pladge of Wasps

A Bunch, Knob, Plump or Trip of Waterfowl

A Boogle, Confusion, Gang or Pack of Weasels

A Gam, Herd, Pod or School of Whales
A Grind of Bottle Nose Whales

A Company or Trip of Widgeon

A Bunch, Knob, Plump or Trip of Wildfowl

A Pack or Rout of Wolves

A Wisdom of Wombats

A Fall of Woodcocks

A Descent of Woodpeckers

A Clew of Worms

A Chime or Herd of Wrens

A Herd of Yaks

A Dazzle, Herd or Zeal of Zebra




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My favorite animal is steak. - Fran Lebowitz

PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals - Unknown

We hold these semi-animal meetings. - Archie Bunker

Can vegetarians eat animal crackers? - George Carlin

Man is by nature a political animal. - Aristotle

The buffalo is a surprisingly stupid animal. - Ellsworth Huntington

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to. - Mark Twain

My music is best understood by children and animals. - Igor Stravinsky

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. - Plato

Mmmm, pork chops and bacon... my two favorite animals. - Homer Simpson

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends. - George Bernard Shaw

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. - George Orwell

The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much. - Thornton Wilder

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. - Groucho Marx

I'm definitely an animal lover, and I stand up for all animals' rights. - Laura Mennell

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it. - Samuel Butler

The turkey is living proof that an animal can survive with no intelligence at all. - Harvey D. Comstock

Often, the human animal dresses terror in rage, and expresses both in a way unlike either. - Julius Lester

A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time. - Marjorie Johnson

I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals. I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants. - A. Whitney Brown

I'm kind of honored to be a dragon lady. The dragon is a very powerful, mythical animal. - Yoko Ono

There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me. - James Dean

Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. - H L Mencken

A moose is an animal with horns on the front of its head and a hunting lodge wall on the back of it. - Groucho Marx

I like cookies, any cookie you put in front of me - animal cookies, sugar cookies, anything crunchy. - Maria Shriver

I was readin' an article about the animal population - there's millions of pets explodin'. - Archie Bunker

My favorite animal is a polar bear. They're going extinct, and I really don't want that to happen. - Quvenzhane Wallis

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. - Ogden Nash

Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals... except the weasel. - Homer Simpson

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. - Henrik Ibsen

There are a zillion variables to a hamburger. What part of the animal went into it. What coarseness. What temperature. - Danny Meyer

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. - Bertrand Russell

An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox. - Francois Truffaut

When you hunt animals, you may succeed or not. But when you open the fridge, you will succeed a hundred percent of the time. - Nora Volkow

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. - Oscar Wilde

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. - Bertrand Russell

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. - Mark Twain

Man is the only animal who enjoys the consolation of believing in a next life; all other animals enjoy the consolation of not worrying about it. - Robert Brault

I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around. - Ernest Hemingway

Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. - Joseph Addison


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27-Apr-2018