Names For Groups of Animals

We’ve covered our animal friends in depth on our site, but have you ever wondered what a group of giraffes is called, or a group of iguanas or elephants?

Well, these are known as collective names for animals, or animal group names!

Let’s take a look at our list of names for groups of animals who gather and live together. Don’t forget to visit our animals page above to find out more about them.

Animal Facts for Kids

Which 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

ants clean birds

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

bear facts for kids

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

camels for kids

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

Donkeys: a drove of donkeys

donkey facts

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

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: 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

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

shark teeth

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

Quagga zebra

Zebras: a zeal of zebras

We hope you enjoyed these! Do you have any others you suggest we add?

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