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

We hold these semi-animal meetings. - Archie Bunker

Camelot: Parking area for humped animals - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Watchdog: Animal that keeps the best time - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Only animals were not expelled from Paradise. - Milan Kundera

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

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

Mothers of teens know why some animals eat their young. - Unknown

Contempt for animal life leads to contempt for human life. - Edward Abbey

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

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. - Martin Buber

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

What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant? - George Carlin

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

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. - George Eliot

Animals are simply sophisticated machines created by the infinitely skilled artisan, God. - Brian G Henning

Moose: An animal that has a head and horns on one end and a living room wall on the other - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. - Aristotle

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. - Leo Tolstoy

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi

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

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world. - Noam Chomsky

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

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

It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. - Mark Twain

Monkey: 1. An arboreal animal which makes itself at home in genealogical trees; 2. A key that won't open a door. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

You love flowers, but you cut them. You love animals, but you eat them. You tell me you love me, so now I'm scared. - Unknown

Horse: 1. An oatsmobile; 2. An animal that cannot say yes, only neigh; 3. An animal that goes to bed with its shoes on. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained. I stand and look at them long and long. - Walt Whitman

Animals are not our selfie props. If there's any risk that your photo is going to hurt or stress an animal, it's not worth it. - Angela Henderson

Ugly animals have it rough. We're more likely to eat them or let them go extinct, and less likely to adopt them from animal shelters. - Joshua A Krisch

Animals are like little angels sent to earth to teach us how to love. They don't get angry or play silly games. They are always there for us. - Whitney Mandel

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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