Groups of animal names

Animal group names

The collective nouns for groups of some animals are well known – a pride of lions or a herd of buffalo for example. Here I’ve started with my personal favourite top 5 and then below that I’ve listed in alphabetical order the definitive list of animal group names.

  1. A shrewdness of apes or band of gorillas-  I took this photo in Uganda on one of my mountain gorilla tours.

A shrewdness of apes

2) A skulk of bat eared foxes – taken in Ndutu, Tanzania

animal group names

3) A squadron of manta rays – below is  a short video of hundred’s of these incredible animals I filmed at a mass gathering in Hanifaru bay

4) A buffoonery of orangutans
People often ask me what the collective noun for a group of orangutans is. Some say the answer is a buffoonery of orangutans but the correct reply really is that there is no name. In the wild, orangutans are one of the most solitary species of animals. Apart from mother’s with offspring and for brief mating periods they will virtually avoid all contact with each other. The exception is in Tanjung Puting where I run my Borneo orangutan holidays as here there are just so many orangutans that you will almost certainly see a buffoonery !

Tanjung Puting orangutan

5) A dazzle of zebras- Serengeti

dazzle of zebrasBelow is the alphabetical list of animal group names

A
Antelopes herd
ants army
colony
nest
swarm
apes shrewdness
troop
baboons troop
badgers cete
barracuda battery
bats colony
bears sleuth or sloth
beavers colony
family
bees swarm
drift
erst
grist
birds flock
flight
pod
bitterns sedge or sege
boars sounder
buffalo herd
bullfinches bellowing
bullocks drove
butterflies swarm
flutter
kaleidoscope
C
capercaillie tok
capons mews
caribou herd
cats clowder
pounce
destruction
cattle mob
chickens clutch
cheetahs coalition
choughs chattering
colts rag
rake
cormorants gulp
coots covert
coyotes pack
cranes herd
sedge
crocodiles bask
crows murder or horde
curlews herd
D
deer herd
parcel
dogs pack
dolphins pod
dotterel trip
doves dole or dule
flight
ducks badling
paddling
plump
raft
dunlins fling
E
eagles convocation
eels bed
elephants herd
elk gang
herd
F
falcons cast
ferrets business
busyness
besyness
fesynes
fesnyng
feamyng
finches charm
fish school
shoal
flamingoes stand
flamboyance
colony
regiment
flies business
foxes leash
skulk
frogs army
G
geese flock
gaggle
skein
giraffes herd
tower
gnats cloud
horde
goats flock
trip
goldfinches charm
gorillas band
goshawks flight
grasshoppers cloud
grouse covey
guineafowl rasp
H
hawks boil
cast
kettle
lease
hens brood
herons sedge
siege
hippopotamuses bloat
hogs parcel
hornets nest
horses team
harrase
herd
string
stud
hounds pack
hyenas cackle
I
ibex herd
insects swarm
J
jackdaws clattering
train
jays party
scold
jellyfish fluther
smack
K
kangaroos mob
troop
kittens kindle
litter
L
lapwings deceit or desert
larks bevy
exaltation
leopards leap
lions pride
sawt
locusts plague
M
mackerel shoal
magpies charm
gulp
murder
tiding
manta rays squadron
mallards sord
suit
mares stud
martens richness
mice nest
minnows shoal
moles labour
monkeys barrel
troop
wilderness
moose herd
mules barren
span
N
nightingales watch
O
orangutans buffoonery
owls parliament
oxen drove
team
yoke
oysters bed
P
parrots company
pandemonium
partridges covey
peacocks muster
ostentation
pride
pelicans pod
penguins colony
convent
tuxedo
pheasants bouquet
head
nest
nide
nye
pigs drift
drove
pigeons kit
plovers congregation
stand
wing
Q
quail bevy
covey
drift
R
rabbits colony
nest
herd
litter
raccoons gaze
rats mischief
ravens unkindness
rhinoceroses crash
rooks building
parliament
S
seals pod
sea urchins herd
sheep flock
drove
herd
hurtle
pack
sheldrake dopping
snakes bed
den
knot
nest
pit
snipes walk
wisp
sparrows host
spiders cluster or clutter
squirrels dray
scurry
starlings chattering
murmuration
storks mustering
swallows flight
swans bank
bevy
flight
game
herd
wedge
swifts flock
scream
swine drift
T
teal spring
tigers ambush
streak
toads knot
nest
trout hover
turkeys gang
rafter
turtles bale
dole or dule
nest
turtle doves dole or dule
pitying
V
vipers nest
vultures kettle
committee
wake
W
walruses herd
pod
waterfowl bunch
knob
raft
weasels colony
pack
whales gam
herd
mob
pod
wigeons company
trip
wildfowl bunch
knob
plump
trip
wolves pack
rout or route
wombats wisdom
woodcocks fall
woodpeckers descent
wrens herd
Z
zebras herd
dazzle
zeal