Animal Group Names You Might Not Know

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Living in the wild is dangerous, and that is why animals gather together in groups. When they are in groups, they have names that describe their teams that somehow sound silly or weird to us. The thing is that not all animal group names are in common use among people or even scientists. However, at least we should know more about their names so that we can describe them better in speech or writing. Below, we have categorized animals into different types so that it is easier to know what name belongs to which category.

1Birds

  • Bitterns: a sedge
  • Buzzards: a wake
  • Bobolinks: a chain
  • Coots: a cover
  • Cormorants: a gulp
  • Crows: a murder, a horde
  • Dotterel: a trip
  • Doves: a dule, a pittying (total doves)
  • Ducks: a brace, a team, a flock (in flight), a raft (on water), a paddling, a badling
  • Eagles: a convocation
  • Falcons: a cast
  • Finches: a charm
  • Flamingos: a stand
  • Geese: a flock, a gaggle (on ground), a skein (in flight)
  • Grouse: a pack
  • Hawks: a cast, a kettle (in flight), a boil (two or more spiraling in the air)
  • Herons: a sedge, a siege
  • Jays: a party, a scold
  • Lapwings: a deceit
  • Larks: an exaltation
  • Mallards: a sord (in flight), a brace
  • Magpies: a tiding, a gulp, a murder, a charm
  • Nightingales: a watch
  • Owls: a parliament
  • Parrots: a pandemonium, a company
  • Partridge: a covey
  • Peafowl: an ostentation or muster
  • Penguins: a colony, a muster, a parcel, a rookery
  • Pheasant: a nest, a nide, a bouquet
  • Plovers: a congregation, a wing (in flight)
  • Ptarmigans: a covey
  • Rooks: a building
  • Quail: a bevy, a covey
  • Ravens: an unkindness
  • Snipe: a walk, a wisp
  • Sparrows: a host
  • Starlings: a murmuration
  • Storks: a mustering
  • Swans: a bevy, a game, a wedge (in flight)
  • Teal: a spring
  • Turkeys: a rafter, a gang
  • Vultures: a venue, a kettle (circling)
  • Woodcocks: a fall
  • Woodpeckers: a descent

2Fish

  • Fish in general: a draft, a nest, a run, a school, a shoal
  • Herring: an army
  • Sharks: a shiver
  • Stingrays: a fever
  • Trout: a hover

3Invertebrates

  • Ants: a colony, an army, a swarm, a nest
  • Bees: a grist, a hive, a swarm
  • Caterpillars: an army
  • Clams: a bed
  • Crabs: a consortium
  • Cockroaches: an intrusion
  • Flies: a business
  • Grasshoppers: a cloud
  • Iguanas: a slaughter
  • Jellyfish: a bloom, a fluther, a smack
  • Lobsters: a risk
  • Oysters: a bed
  • Snails: a hood
  • Squid: an audience

4Mammals & Marsupials

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  • Apes: a shrewdness
  • Badgers: a cete
  • Bats: a cauldron
  • Bears: a sloth, a sleuth, a litter (cubs)
  • Buffalo: a gang or an obstinacy
  • Camels: a caravan, a train, a flock
  • Cats: a clowder, a pounce, a glaring
  • Dogs: a litter (puppies), a pack (wild), a cowardice (curs)
  • Donkeys: a pace
  • Elephants: a parade
  • Elk: a gang
  • Ferrets: a business
  • Fox: a lease, a skulk, an earth
  • Giraffes: a tower
  • Goats: a tribe, a trip
  • Gorillas: a band
  • Hippopotamuses: a bloat, a thunder
  • Hyenas: a cackle
  • Jaguars: a shadow
  • Kangaroos: a troop, a mob
  • Kittens: a kindle, a litter, an intrigue
  • Lemurs: a conspiracy
  • Leopards: a leap
  • Lions: a pride, a sawt
  • Martens: a richness
  • Moles: a labor
  • Monkeys: a troop, a barrel
  • Mules: a pack, a span, a barren
  • Otters: a romp
  • Pigs: a drift, a drove, a sounder, a team, a passel
  • Porcupines: a prickle
  • Porpoises: a pod, a school, a head, a turmoil
  • Rabbits: a colony, a warren, a nest, a down, a husk, a herd (domestic only)
  • Rhinoceroses: a crash
  • Squirrels: a dray, a scurry
  • Tigers: an ambush, a streak
  • Whales: a pod, a gam, a herd
  • Wolves: a pack, a route

5Reptiles & Amphibians

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  • Cobras: a quiver
  • Crocodiles: a bask
  • Frogs: an army
  • Lizards: a lounge
  • Rattlesnakes: a rhumba
  • Toads: a knot
  • Turtles: a bale, a nest
  • Salamanders: a maelstrom
  • Snakes / Vipers: a nest

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