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Animal Group Names – Collective Nouns

Ever see a bunch of animals together and wonder what they’re called?

We’ve covered our animal friends in depth, but have you ever wondered what a group of giraffes is called, or a group of iguanas? Well, let’s find out!

Animal Group Names

Don’t forget to visit our animals page above to find out more about them. You may also see some funny names below!


What do you think is the funniest name below? I quite like a ‘shrewdness’!

  • Albatross: a rookery of albatross
  • Antelopes: a herd of antelope
  • Ants: a colony, army, swarm or nest of ants
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  • Apes: a shrewdness of apes
  • Baboons: a troop or flange of baboons
  • Badgers: a cete of badgers
  • Barracudas: a battery of barracudas
  • Bats: a colony or cloud of bats
  • Bears: a sloth or a sleuth of bears
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  • Bees: a swarm of bees
  • Birds (chicks / baby birds): a brood or clutch of chicks
  • Birds (in flight): a flight of birds
  • Buffalo: a gang or obstinacy of buffaloes
  • Butterflies: a kaleidoscope of butterflies
  • Camels: a caravan of camels
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  • Cats: a clowder or a glaring of cats
  • Cobras: a quiver of cobras
  • Crocodiles: a bask of crocodiles
  • Crows: a murder of crows
  • Dogs: a pack of dogs
donkey facts
  • Donkeys: a drove of donkeys
  • Eagles: a convocation of eagles
  • Elephants: a parade of elephants
  • Elk: a gang or a herd of elk
  • Falcons: a cast of falcons
  • Ferrets: a business of ferrets
  • Fish: a school or a shoal of fish
  • Flamingos: a stand of flamingos (beautiful, aren’t they?)
flamingo facts
  • Fox: a charm of foxes (a clever animal!)
  • Frogs: an army of frogs
  • Geese: a gaggle of geese
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  • Giraffes: a tower of giraffes
  • Goats: a tribe, trip, drove, herd or flock of goats
  • Gorillas: a band of gorillas
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  • Hippopotami (plural of hippopotamus!): a bloat of hippopotami
  • Hyenas: a cackle of hyenas
  • Jaguars: a shadow of jaguars
jellyfish for kids
  • Jellyfish: a smack of jellyfish
  • Kangaroos: a mob of kangaroos
  • Kittens (cats): a litter or kindle of kittens
  • Larks: a group of larks
  • Monkeys: a group of monkeys is called a troop (how fun are these guys – quite like humans?!)
  • Nightingales: a watch of nightingales
monkeys for kids
  • Owls: a parliament of owls
  • Parrots: a company or pandemonium of parrots
  • Peacocks: an ostentation of peacocks
dog information
  • Puppies (dogs): a litter of puppies (or just ‘litter’)
  • Quails: a covey of quail
  • Rattlesnakes: a rhumba of rattlesnakes
  • Ravens: an unkindness of ravens (aw!)
  • Rhinoceroses: a rash or stubbornness of rhinos
  • Salmon: a run of salmon
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  • Seabirds: a wreck of seabirds
  • Sharks: a shiver of sharks
  • Storks: a mustering or muster of storks
  • Turkeys: a gang or rafter of turkeys
  • Turtles: a bale or a nest of turtles

Walruses: a herd or pod of walruses

Weasels: a colony, gang or pack of weasles

Whales: a pod, school, or gam of whales

Wolves: a pack of wolves


Woodpeckers: a descent of woodpeckers

Worms: a bed, clew, bunch or clat of worms

Wrens: a herd of wrens

Zebra Facts

Zebras: a zeal of zebras

We hope you enjoyed these! What is the weirdest name for a group of animals you’ve seen here?

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