Names for Groups of Animals and Insects

Updated on May 22, 2019
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Animal Group Names
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Unusual Names for Groups of Animals and Insects

Nothing is more fascinating than discovering the unique name for a group of animals, amphibians, or insects. These unique words that are used to describe a group of animals are called "collective nouns," and they date back to Medieval times. Discover interesting terms for words like a pandemonium of parrots or a charm of magpies. The variations to these collective nouns will entertain you!

You really never know when this knowledge may come in handy—think trivia night and beyond. Or, you may simple want to wow your biology class or use one of these terms for a description in your latest novel. Happy learning!

Names for Groups of Animals and Insects

  • Albatross: a rookery
  • Alligators: a congregation
  • Apes: a shrewdness or a troop
  • Ants: a colony, a swarm, a nest
  • Baboons: a troop, a flange
  • Bacteria: a colony
  • Badgers: a cete, a set, a company
  • Bats: a camp, a colony, a cloud
  • Bears: a sleuth, a sloth
  • Bear cubs: a litter
  • Bees: a swarm, a hive, a grist
  • Birds: a flock (ground), a wreck (sea)
  • Bloodhounds: a sute
  • Buffalo: a gang, a troop, or an obstinacy
  • Butterflies: a flight, a flutter
  • Buzzards: a wake
  • Camels: a caravan, a train
  • Catterpillars: an army

A cloud of bats.
A cloud of bats. | Source
  • Cats: a clowder, a glaring, a nuisance, a clutter
  • Kittens: a litter or a kindle
  • Wildcats: a destruction
  • Chickens: a brood or a peep
  • Chinchillas: a colony
  • Clams: a bed
  • Cobras: a quiver
  • Cockroaches: an intrusion
  • Cormorants: a gulp
  • Crocodiles: a bask
  • Coyotes: a band
  • Crows: a murder, a hoard, a parcel
  • Deer (buck): a brace, a clash
  • Dogs: a kennel
  • Puppies: a litter
  • Dogs: a pack, a cry (hounds), a mute (hounds)
  • Dolphins: a pod
  • Donkeys: a drove
  • Doves: a dole, a paddling
  • Eagles: a convocation, an aerie
  • Eels: a swarm, a fry
  • Elephants: a parade, a memory
  • Elk: a gang or a herd

A parade of elephants.
A parade of elephants. | Source
  • Falcons: a cast
  • Ferrets: a business, a cast
  • Fish: a school, a shoal
  • Flamingoes: a stand, a flamboyance
  • Flies: a business, a swarm, a cloud
  • Frogs: an army, a colony
  • Fox: a charm, a leash, a troop
  • Geese: a gaggle, a flock
  • Giraffes: a tower
  • Gnats: a swarm, a cloud
  • Gorillas: a band, a troop
  • Grasshoppers: a cloud
  • Greyhounds: a leash
  • Guinea fowl: a confusion
  • Hawks: a kettle (flight), a boil (spiraling)
  • Hippopotamuses: a bloat
  • Hornets: a nest, a bike

A tower of giraffes.
A tower of giraffes. | Source
  • Horses: a team, a stable, a rag (colts), a string (ponies), a herd
  • Hummingbirds: a charm
  • Hyenas: a cackle
  • Insects: a nest, a swarm, a plague
  • Jaguars: a shadow
  • Jellyfish: a smack, a brood
  • Kangaroos: a troop or a mob
  • Lemurs: a conspiracy
  • Leopards: a leap
  • Lions: a pride, a troop
  • Locusts: a plague
  • Magpies: a tiding, a charm, a murder
  • Mice: a mischief
  • Moles: a labor, a movement
  • Monkeys: a barrel or a troop

A smack of jellyfish.
A smack of jellyfish. | Source
  • Moose: a herd
  • Mosquitoes: a scourge
  • Mules: a pack, a rake, a span
  • Otters: a bevy, a raft, a family, a barren
  • Oxen: a team or a yoke
  • Owls: a parliament, a stare
  • Oysters: a bed
  • Parrots: a pendemonium
  • Peacocks: a pride, a muster
  • Pelicans: a pod
  • Pigeons: a flight, a flock
  • Pigs: a drift or a drove or a sounder (boars)
  • Porcupines: a prickle
  • Porpoises: a herd, a pod, a shoal
  • Quail: a bevy
  • Rabbits: a colony, a warren, a herd (domestic), a litter (young)
  • Raccoons: a gaze, a plague
  • Rats: a colony, a pack, a swarm
  • Rattlesnakes: a rhumba
  • Ravens: an unkindness, a storytelling
  • Reindeer: a herd
  • Rhinoceroses: a crash

A bevy of otters.
A bevy of otters. | Source
  • Salamanders: a congress
  • Salmon: a run
  • Scorpions: a bed, a nest
  • Sharks: a shiver, a school
  • Sheep: a pack, a flock, a trip
  • Snails: a escargatoire, a walk
  • Skunk: a stench
  • Spiders: a cluster
  • Squirrels: a dray, a scurry
  • Stingrays: a fever
  • Swans: a bevy, a gam, a wedge
  • Tigers: an ambush or a streak
  • Tigers: a streak, an ambush
  • Toads: a knot
  • Trout: a hover
  • Turkeys: a gang or a rafter
  • Turtles: a bale or a nest
  • Vultures: a venue, a kettle (circling)
  • Weasels: a colony or a gang, or a pack
  • Whales: a pod a school or a gam
  • Wolves: a pack, a route (in movement)
  • Worms: a bed, a bunch
  • Zebras: a zeal, a crossing, a dazzle, a herd

A gang of turkeys.
A gang of turkeys. | Source

Animal Group Names

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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        Layne Holmes 

        8 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        I definitely had trivia night in mind! thanks for the read

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 months ago from UK

        This is the kind of resource anyone entering a quiz contest would find useful.


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