May 28, 2021

215 Weird Names for Groups of Animals

The natural world is certainly amazing, with many varieties of unique species. Enjoy this collection 215 weird names for groups of animals, and view the gallery of pictures to illustrate many of the species. Your favorites are certainly on this list, as well as some bizarre and odd ones you may not know.

Some of these collective nouns you will know and recognize. While others may be fun, unusual and completely new to you. Which ever way it hits you, the naming can be bizarre, strange and peculiar to say the least.

Strap on your seat belts, learn something new, and enjoy the ride. View and appreciate this huge list and great gallery of animal pictures too.

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There is no doubt, some of these group names are odd. When these various animal kingdom species get together, mankind gives them bizarre and outrageous names.

Sometimes the naming is funny or silly, and sometimes what the group is called, kind of makes sense.



No matter, we love these oddly strange and unusual collective animal names.

215 Weird Names for Groups of Animals

What are Groups of Animals Called?

Let’s get started and find out. See if you can find your favorite or the weirdest names for groups of animals.

1. Armory of Aardvarks

 

2. A Rookery of Albatross

Group of Albatross called a Rookery

3. Congregation of Alligators

 

4. Herd of Alpaca

Group of Alpaca is called a herd

So Cute!

 

5. Ooze of Amoebas

Ooze of Amoebas

6. Herd of Antelopes

group of antelopes called a herd

7. Army, Colony or Nest of Ants

Group of Ants is called an army, colony or nest.

8. A Shrewdness of Apes

Group of Apes called a shrewdness

A group of apes could consist of gorillas, chimpanzees or orangutans, and is called a shrewdness.

9. Roll of Armadillos

 

 

10. Colony or Raft of of Auks

 

How the Animal Collective Noun Works?

Instead of using the word ‘group’ when talking about a specific animal, you would use the collective noun describing the animal. For example, you would say a ‘battery’ of barracuda, instead of ‘group’.

Over the years, societies around the world have coalesced and accepted certain terms of description for various groups of animals. When you think about it, it is rather interesting to describe the various species with characteristics that they display in real life.

Continue with “Names for Groups of Animals”

11. A Congress or Troop of Baboons

 

12. Culture of Bacteria

 

13. Cete or Clan of Badgers

 

14. Battery of Barracudas

 

15. Shoal of Bass

 

16. A Cauldron or Colony of Bats

Group of Bats is called a Cauldron

 

Cauldron of Bats - USFWS

A cauldron of bats. Mexican free-tailed bats exiting Bracken bat cave. Flickr-USFWS.

 

17. A Sleuth or Sloth of Bears

bears photo

 

18. Colony or Family of Beavers

 

19. Grist, Hive or Swarm of Bees

A Group of Bees is called a Hive or Swarm

Don’t get too close to a hive of bees!

20. A Brood, Clutch, Dissimulation or Flock of Birds

Dissimulation or flock of birds photo

21. Herd of Bison

 

22. Sute of Bloodhounds

 

23. A Sounder of Wild Boars

 

24. A Gang or Obstinacy of Buffalo

buffalo photo

 

25. Bellowing of Bullfinches

 

26. Parliament of Burrowing Owls

Group of burrowing owls is called a parliament photo

Photo by kuhnmi

 

27. Swarm, Flutter or Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

 

28. Wake of Buzzards

 

29. A Caravan or Train of Camels

caravan of camels photo

 

30. Herd of Caribou

 

 

31. An Army of Caterpillars

 

 

32. A Clowder, Pounce, Glaring, Litter or Intrigue of Cats

cats photo

Cute litter of kittens.

 

33. A Destruction of Wild Cats (feral)

 

34. Herd or Drove of Cattle

 

35. Coalition of Cheetahs

 

36. Brood or Clutch of Chickens

 

37. Colony of Chinchilla

 

38. Bed of Clams

 

39. Quiver of Cobras

 

40. Intrusion of Cockroaches

 

41. A Rag of Colts

 

42. A Covert of Coots

 

43. Gulp of Cormorants

 

44. Pack of Coyotes

 

45. Cast or Consortium of Crabs

 

46. A Herd or Seige of Cranes

 

47. Bask of Crocodiles

 

48. Murder of Crows

 

49. A Litter of Cubs

 

50. Herd of Mob of Deer

Group of Deer called a herd or mob

51. Herd or Pack of Dinosaur

 

52. A Cowardice, Pack or Kennel of Dogs

dogs photo

 

53. Pod of Dolphins / Porpoises

 

 

54. Pace of Donkeys

 

55. Dole or Flight of Doves

 

56. Brace or Flock of Ducks

 

57. Convocation of Eagles

 

58. Bed of Eels

 

59. Parade of Elephants

elephants photo

 

elephants photo

 

60. Gang of Elks

 

61. Mob of Emus

 

62. Cast of Falcons

 

63. A Busyness of Ferrets

 

64. Charm of Finches

 

65. Haul, Catch, Mess, School or Shoal of Fish

 

66. Flamboyance or Stand of Flamingos

 

67. Business or Swarm of Flies

 

68. Leash or Skulk of Foxes

 

69. Army of Frogs

 

70. Flock or Gaggle of Geese

 

71. Horde of Gerbils

 

72. Herd or Tower of Giraffes

 

73. Cloud of Gnats

 

74. Tribe or Trip of Goats

 

75. Charm of Goldfinches

 

76. Troubling of Goldfish

 

77. Band or Troop of Gorillas

gorilla photo

 

78. Cloud of Grasshoppers

 

79. Leash of Greyhounds

 

80. Covey or Pack of Grouse

 

81. Confusion of Guinea Fowl

 

82. Herd of Guinea Pigs

 

83. Screech of Gulls

 

84. Horde of Hamsters

 

85. Down  or Warren of Hares

 

86. Cast or Kettle of Hawks

 

87. Group of Head Lice Eggs Called Nits

 

88. Array of Hedgehogs

 

89. Brood of Hens

 

90. Hedge or Sedge of Herons

 

91. Army of Herring

 

92. Bloat or Thunder of Hippopotamuses

 

93. Parcel of Hogs

 

94. Nest or Swarm of Hornets

 

95. Drove, Stable, String or Team of Horses

 

96. Pack or Kennel of Hounds

 

97. Charm of Hummingbirds

 

98. Cackle of Hyenas

 

99. Colony of Ibises

 

100. Mess of Iguanas

 

101. Herd of Impalas

 

102. Horde, Plague, Rabble or Swarm of Insects

 

103. Husk of Jackrabbits

 

104. Shadow of Jaguars

 

105. Party or Scold of Jays

 

106. Smack of Jellyfish

smack of jellyfish photo

 

107. Mob or Troop of Kangaroos

 

108. Intrigue or Litter of Kittens

 

109. Cling of Koala Bears

 

110. Bevy or Exaltation of Larks

 

111. Conspiracy of Lemurs

 

112. Leap of Leopards

 

113. Flock of Lice

 

114. Pride of Lions

 

115. Lounge of Lizards

 

116. Herd of Llama

 

117. Risk of Lobsters

 

118. Plague of Locusts

 

119. Shoal of Mackerel

 

120. Charm, Congregation, Gulp or Murder of Magpies

 

121. Sord or Brace of Mallards

Sord or Brace of Mallards photo

 

122. Richness of Martens

 

123. Mischief of Mice

 

124. Shoal of Minnows

 

125. Labor of Moles

 

126. Barrel, Tribe or Troop of Monkeys

group of monkeys photo

 

127. Herd of Moose

 

128. Scourge of Mosquitoes

 

129. Fleet of Mudhens

 

130. Barren or Pack of Mules

 

131. Watch of Nightingales

 

132. Grin of Opossum

 

133. Flock of Ostrich

 

134. Romp or Raft of Otters

 

135. Parliament or Stare of Owls

 

136. Drove or Team of Oxen

 

137. Bed of Oysters

 

138. Bamboo or Embarrassment of Pandas

 

139. Pandemonium or Company of Parrots

 

140. Covey of Partridge

 

141. Muster or Ostentation of Peacocks

Group of Peacocks called a muster or ostentation

142. Pomp of Pekingese

 

143. Pod of Pelicans

 

144. Rookery, Parcel, Muster or Colony of Penguins

 

145. Bouquet, Nye, Nide or Nest of Pheasants

 

146. Flight or Kit of Pigeons

 

147. Drift, Litter, Herd or Passel of Pigs

litter of pigs group photo

148. Shoal of Pilchards

 

149. Puddle of Platypus

 

150. Congregation of Plovers

 

151. Chine of Polecats

 

152. String of Ponies

 

153. Prickle of Porcupines

 

154. Coterie of Prairie Dogs

 

155. Covey or Ptarmigans

 

156. Bevy or Covey of Quail

 

157. Colony, Nest, Husk or Warren of Rabbits

 

158. Gaze of Raccoons

 

159. Pack of Rats

 

160. Coil or Rhumba of Rattlesnakes

 

161. Unkindness of Ravens

 

162. Crash of Rhinoceroses

 

163. Building or Clamor of Rooks

 

164. Maelstrom of Salamanders

 

165. Draught or Run of Salmon

 

166. Purse of Sand Dollars

 

167. Fling of Sandpipers

168. Family of Sardines

 

169. Bed or Nest of Scorpions

 

170. Wreck of Seabirds

 

171. Pod, Harem, Herd or Rookery of Seals

Group of Seals is called a pod, harem or rookery.

172. Constellation of Sea Stars

 

173. Vagrant of Sea Urchins

 

174. Shiver of Sharks

 

175. Flock, Herd, Trip or Mob of Sheep

 

176. Surfeit of Skunks

 

177. Exultation of Skylarks

 

178. Hood of Snails

 

179. Den or Nest of Snakes

 

180. Wisp or Walk of Snipe

 

181. Host or Tribe of Sparrows

 

182. Cluster or Clutter of Spiders

Group of Spiders is called a Cluster or Clutter

183. Audience of Squid

 

184. Scurry of Squirrels

 

185. Host of Sparrows

 

186. Galaxy of Starfish

 

187. Cloud or Murmuration of Starlings

 

188. Fever of Stingrays

 

189. Flight or Mustering of Storks

 

190. Flight or Gulp of Swallows

 

191. Bevy, Flight, Game or Wedge of Swans

 

192. Colony, Nest or Brood of Termites

 

193. Ambush or Streak of Tigers

Group of Tigers is Called an Ambush or Streak

194. Knot of Toads

 

195. Hover of  Trout

Group of Trout is called a Hover

196. Gang or Posse of Turkeys

turkey gobbler photo

Photo by Olin Gilbert

 

197. Bale or Nest of Turtles

 

198. Dule or Pitying of Turtle Doves

 

199. Nest of Vipers

 

200. Kettle or Venue of Vultures

A Group of Vultures is Called a Kettle or Venue

201. Pod of Walruses

 

202. Nest of Swarm of Wasps

 

203. Raft or Paddling of Water Ducks

 

204. Plump of Waterfowl

Plump of Waterfowl picture

205. Colony or Gang of Weasels

 

206. Pod or Herd of Whales

 

207. Destruction of Wild Cats

 

208. Implausibility of Wildebeest, Gnus

wildebeest photo

Photo by JULIAN MASON

209. Pack or Route of Wolves

A Group of Wolves is called a Pack or Route

210. Wisdom of Wombats

 

211. Fall of Woodcocks

 

212. Descent of Woodpeckers

Group of woodpeckers is called a descent photo

213. Herd of Wrens

 

214. Colony of Yellow Jackets

 

215. A Crossing or Zeal of Zebras

A Group of Zebras are called a Crossing or Zeal

These weird names for groups of animals are all collective nouns used to describe the oddities of the animal groups. They may seem odd and strange at first. But, in many cases, the descriptive nomenclature makes sense.

Throughout the list, you are able to find the collective nouns for birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, marsupials, amphibians, reptiles and even single-celled organisms.

Animal groups are bizarre and strange enough on their own sometimes. We don’t need the weird names that we call the groupings to make them interesting. But nevertheless, there you have it. Hopefully, this gallery of names for groups of animals has been educational, informative and fun.

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