200 Collective Animal Names You May Not Know


While you may be aware of some of the more common collective names for animals, such as a herd of sheep or a pod of whales, almost all animals have a collective name. Many have more than one collective name, which may be for different purposes. For example, geese are known as a gaggle when they are on the ground, but in flight, a group of geese is called a skein.

Collective animal names come from many different sources. Many of these names come from descriptions that describe the animal, such as a flamboyance of flamingos, a tower of giraffes, or a dazzle of zebras.

Many of the names below are not used anymore but are still relevant to the animal and can give us an insight into their behaviour.

A

  • Albatross – Rookery, flock, gam (searching for a mate)
  • Alligator – Congregation, pod
  • Alpaca – Herd
  • Ant – Colony, army, bike, nest, swarm, state
  • Antelope – Herd
  • Ape – Shrewdness, troop
  • Armadillo – Pack
  • Ass – Herd

B

  • Baboon – Congress, flange, tribe, troop
  • Bacteria – Culture
  • Badger – Cete, sett
  • Barracudas – Battery
  • Bass – Shoal
  • Bat – Colony, cloud, cauldron, camp
  • Bear – Sleuth, sloth
  • Beaver – Colony, family
  • Bee – Swarm, grist, hive, bike, drift, swarm
  • Beetle – Swarm
  • Bird – Flock, flight, congregation, volery, fleet, flight, parcel, pod,
  • Bison – Gang, herd, obstinacy
  • Bitterns – Sedge
  • Bloodhounds – Sute
  • Boar – Sounder, shoat,
  • Bobolinks – Chain
  • Buck – Brace, clash
  • Butterflies – Kaleidoscope, flutter, or swarm, rabble
  • Buzzard – Wake
Photo of camel

C

  • Camel – Flock, caravan, train, herd
  • Caribou – Herd
  • Cat – Clowder, pounce, glaring, clutter, litter (young), kindle (kittens), destruction (wild cats)
  • Caterpillar – Army
  • Cattle – Herd, drove, drift, mob
  • Chamois – Herd
  • Cheetah – Coalition
  • Chicken – Brood (Hens), clutch (chicks), chattering (chicks), peep (chicks), flock
  • Clam – Bed
  • Cobra – Quiver
  • Cockroach – Intrusion
  • Cod – School
  • Colt – Rag, rake
  • Coots – Cover
  • Cormorant – Gulp
  • Cow – Kine, flink (12 cows)
  • Coyote – Band, rout, pack
  • Crabs – Cast, consortium
  • Crane – Sedge, seige
  • Crocodile – Float, bask
  • Crow – Murder, muster, horde, unkindness, conspiracy

D

  • Deer – Herd, mob, parcel
  • Dog – Kennel, Pack (wild), Litter (pups), cowardice (curs)
  • Dolphin – Pod, school, herd
  • Donkey – Herd, pace, drove
  • Dotterels – Trip
  • Dove – Dule, Pitying (turtle doves)
  • Duck – Brace, paddling, team, bunch, flock (flying), raft (on water), brace, paddling, badling

E

  • Eagle -Convocation, Brod, Aerie,
  • Eel – Cell, pipe, swarm, bed
  • Elephant – Herd, parade, memory
  • Elk – Gang, herd
  • Emu – Mob

F

  • Falcon – Cast
  • Ferret – Business, fesnyng,
  • Finch – Charm
  • Fish – School, shoal, run, haul, catch, draft, nest, run
  • Flamingo – Flamboyance, stand,
  • Flies – Business, swarm, hatch, cloud, swarm
  • Fox A skulk or leash of foxes
  • Fox – Leash, skulk, earth
  • Frog – Army, colony, knot
Photo of geese flying

G

  • Geese – Flock, gaggle, skein (flight), wedge (v-shaped flight)
  • Gerbil – Horde
  • Giraffe – Corps, group, herd, tower
  • Gnat – Cloud, horde
  • Gnu Herd
  • Gnus – Implausibility
  • Goat – Herd, tribe, trip, drove, flock
  • Goldfinch – Charm
  • Goldfish – Troubling
  • Gorilla – Band, troop
  • Grasshopper – Cloud, swarm
  • Greyhound – Leash
  • Grouse – Pack
  • Guinea Pig – Group
  • Gull – Colony

H

  • Hamster – Horde
  • Hare – Down, husk
  • Hawk – Cast, kettle, boil
  • Hawks: cast, kettle (when in flight), or boil (when there are two or more spiralling in air)
  • Hedgehog – Array
  • Hen – Brood
  • Heron – Siege, sedge
  • Herring – Army
  • Hippo – Bloat, herd, thunder
  • Hog – Drift, parcel, drove, litter (young)
  • Hornet – Nest
  • Horse – Team, pair, harras, herd, stable, team
  • Hound – Pack, mute, cry
  • Hummingbird – Charm
  • Hummingbirds: charm
  • Hyena – Cackle, clan

I

  • Iguanas – Slaughter

J

  • Jaguars – Shadow, prowl
  • Jays – Scold, party
  • Jellyfish – Smuck, brood, bloom, fluther, smack

K

  • Kangaroo – Troop, mob, herd
  • Kitten – Kindle, litter, intrigue
  • Komodo dragons – Bank

L

  • Lapwings – Deceit
  • Lark – Ascension, exaltation
  • Lemurs – Conspiracy
  • Leopard – Leap, prowl
  • Lice – Flock
  • Lion – Pride
  • Llama – Herd
  • Lobsters – Risk
  • Locust – Plague, cloud
  • Lyrebirds – Musket

M

  • Magpie – Tiding, tittering, charm, gulp
  • Mallard – Sord, brace, flush, lutte, puddling, sord (flight)
  • Manatee – Herd
  • Mare – Stud
  • Marten -Richness
  • Mink – Company
  • Minnow – Steam
  • Mole – Labor, movement
  • Monkey – Troop, cartload, barrel
  • Moose – Herd
  • Mosquitoes – Swarm, scourge
  • Mouse – Horde, mischief
  • Mule – Barren, span, rake, pack, barren

N

  • Narwhals – Blessing
  • Nightingale – Watch
Photo of octopus

O

  • Octopus – Consortium, rally
  • Ostrich – Flock, troop
  • Otters – Family, raft, romp
  • Owl – Parliament, stare, wisdom
  • Ox – Yoke, drove, team, nye, a herd of oxen
  • Oyster – Bed

P

  • Panda – Amalgamation, embarrassment
  • Parrot – Company, pandemonium
  • Partridge – Covey
  • Peacock – Muster, ostentation
  • Pelicans – Pod, squadron
  • Penguins – Convent, colony, tuxedo, colony, muster, parcel, or rookery
  • Pheasant – Nest, nide (brood), nye, guff (inflight), bouquet (take-off)
  • Pigs – Litter, sounder, drift, drove (young), team (older pigs), passel
  • Pigeon – Flock, flight
  • Plover – Wing (flight), congregation
  • Polar Bears – Pack, aurora, celebration
  • Polecat – Chine
  • Pony – String
  • Porcupines – Prickle
  • Porpoise – Pod, herd, school, turmoil,
  • Prairie dogs – Colonies, coteries
  • Ptarmigans – Covey

Q

  • Quail – Covey, bevy, jug

R

  • Rabbit – Nest, colony, drove, leash, trace, warren, herd, husk, down
  • Raccoon – Gaze, nursery, boars (groups of males), sows (groups of females)
  • Rat – Pack, swarm, horde, mischief, colony
  • Rattlesnake – Rhumba
  • Ravens – Unkindness
  • Reindeer – Herd
  • Rhinoceros – Crash, herd, stubbornness
  • Roebuck – Bevy
  • Rooks – Building, clamour

S

  • Salamanders – Maelstrom
  • Salmon – Run
  • Sardine = Family
  • Sea Lion – Pod, colony, crash, flock, harem, herd, rookery, team, hurdle
  • Seagulls – Squabble
  • Seal – Herd, pod, rookery, harem
  • Serval – Pack
  • Shark – Shiver, school, shoal, slew
  • Sheep – Drove, flock, herd
  • Skunk – Odour, stench
  • Sloth – Bed
  • Snails – Rout, walk, hood, escargatoire
  • Snake Nest, knot, bed, pit, den
  • Snipe – Walk, wisp
  • Sparrow – Host
  • Spider – Cluster
  • Squid – Audience, dray (mother and babies in nest), scurry,
  • Starling – Murmuration
  • Stingrays – Fever
  • Stork – Mustering
  • Swallow – Flight
  • Swan – Bevy, herd, lamentation, wedge, flock, herd, team, game (inflight), wedge (v-shaped flight)
  • Swift – Flock
  • Swine – Sounder, drift

T

  • Teal – Spring
  • Termite – Colony, swarm (inflight)
  • Thrushes – Mutation
  • Tiger – Streak, ambush
  • Toad – Knot, knab, lump
  • Trout – Hover
  • Turkey – Rafter, flock, gang
  • Turtle – Bale, dule, herd
  • Turtle dove – Pitying, dule

V

  • Viper – Nest, generation
  • Vultures – Venue, committee, kettle, wake (feeding on carcass)
Photo of wallaby

W

  • Wallaby – Mob
  • Walrus – Pod, herd
  • Wasp – Pledge, colony
  • Weasel – Pack, gang, colony
  • Whale – School, gam, pod, herd
  • Wolf – Pack, route (when moving)
  • Wombat – Mob, wisdom
  • Woodcock – Fall
  • Woodpecker – Descent
  • Worms – Bunch

Y

  • Yak – Herd

Z

  • Zebra – Dazzle, herd, zeal

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