Your Guide To Every Group Name for Every Single Animal

Embark on a journey into the linguistic depths of the animal kingdom, unraveling the myriad of group names for the many distinct species that inhabit our world.

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Did you know that a group of owls is called a parliament? 

Or that a kaleidoscope is not only a fancy optical toy but also a group of butterflies? 

There are some crazy names for some crazy groups of animals out there in the natural world (because we humans love to make things interesting), and today, we’re exploring them all.

So, get your friends and family together, maybe even get a scoresheet out, and let’s dive into the ultimate adventure through the world's wildest vocabulary of animal group names! 

Hold on tight; you're about to become the star of your next trivia game!

What is the name of a group of ants? 

Ants rock multiple names! You can call them an army, a colony, a swarm, a bike, or even a nest.

A few ants stand on the edge of a branch looking up to the sky.

A colony of ants.

What's the collective noun for a group of apes? 

Meet the Shrewdness!

What do you call a group of albatross? 

Take a look at a Rookery of Albatross.

What is the collective noun for a group of alligators? 

Venture into a Congregation of alligators.

What is the name of a group of alpacas? 

Hang out with a Herd of alpacas.

What about a group of armadillos?

Head into the desert to find a Fez of armadillos.

What's the collective noun for a group of auks?

Keep an eye out in the North Pole! A group of auks is known as a Colony or even a Raft if they are in water.

How about a group of baboons?

Watch out for a Congress of baboons! And no, they're not discussing politics.

A congress of baboons sit on a rock together.

A congress of baboons sit on a rock together.

What do you call a group of badgers?

Dig into a Cete of badgers!

What is a group of barracudas called?

Swim for your lives! It's a Battery of barracudas.

What is a large number of bats called?

Either a Colony or a Cloud, a group of bats tends to hang together!

What's a group of bears called?

If you venture into the woods, you might stumble upon a Sleuth or Sloth of bears. Did you know 'sloth' was picked for the old meaning of 'slow'?

Black bear triplets follow mom at Anan Creek.

A sleuth of black bears walking across a fallen tree.

What do you call a group of beavers?

They're busy building as a Colony or even a Family. Beavers are big on teamwork!

What is the name of a group of beetles?

Step away! There's a Swarm of beetles coming through.

What is the collective noun for a group of birds?

Birds love company! You might see a Dissimulation, Flight, Flock, or Volery of birds. When you see them flying together in a large group, this is called a murmuration!

What do you call a group of bison?

Charge away from an Obstinacy or Herd of bison. These animals do live up to their collective name!

What's the term for a group of boars?

A sounder reason can't be found to avoid a Sounder of boars!

A group of boars lay relaxing in the sand.

A sounder of boars lay in the sand.

What is the name of a group of buffalos?

Tread carefully past an Obstinacy of buffalos.

What is a group of butterflies called?

Enjoy the delicate beauty of a Flutter, Swarm, or Kaleidoscope of butterflies. 'Kaleidoscope' was chosen for the way their wings refract light!

What do you call a group of camels?

Venture through the desert with a Caravan, Flock, or Train of camels. Bet you didn't see 'train' coming!

What is the collective noun for a group of cats?

You might be familiar with a Clowder of cats. But ever heard of a Glaring? Well, now you have!

What is the name of a group of cattle?

Watch out for the thunderous Drove, Herd, or Team of cattle.

A herd of white cattle standing in a farmyard.

A herd of white cattle.

What do you call a group of chickens?

Get ready for an early morning with a Brood or Clutch of chickens! Don't forget, a group of chicks is called a Peep!

What's the collective term for a group of chimpanzees?

Say hello to a Community of chimpanzees!

What's the name of a group of clams?

You'll find beach treasure with a Bed of clams.

What do you call a group of cobras?

Watch your step around a Quiver of cobras!

What's the term for a group of cockroaches?

No need to scream, but that's an Intrusion of cockroaches!

What do you call a group of cod?

Fishing for a Tomcod or Lingcod? That would be a Lap of cod.

What's a group of cormorants called?

You'll see a Gulp of cormorants diving for fish.

What do you call a group of cows?

They're often seen as a Kine, a Drove, or a Herd of cows.

What's the collective noun for a group of crabs?

Look at the tide pools to spot a Cast of crabs.

A very large group of red crabs storm a beach.

A very large cast of red crabs storm a beach.

What do you call a group of crickets?

Listen for the Orchestra of crickets on warm summer nights.

What's the term for a group of crocodiles?

Steer clear of the Bask of crocodiles.

What is the collective noun for a group of crows?

Quite fittingly, it's known as a Murder of crows!

What do you call a group of deer?

Get your cameras ready for a Herd, Bevy, or Leash of deer.

What's the term for a group of dogs?

You'll find friendship (and chaos) in a Pack or Kennel of dogs.

What do you call a group of dolphins?

Enjoy the show of a Pod or School of dolphins.

A pod of dolphins chilling in the ocean from a top-down view.

A pod of dolphins from a top-down view.

What is the collective noun for a group of donkeys?

Whether they're Stubborn or Pace, donkeys gather in interestingly named groups!

What's the name of a group of ducks?

Did you know a group of ducks could be a Brace, Team, Flock, or a Raft?

What do you call a group of eagles?

Witness the majesty of a Convocation of eagles.

What is the name of a group of elephants?

Behold the grandeur of a Herd, Memory, or Parade of elephants.

What do you call a group of elk?

They are quite regally known as a Gang or a Herd of elk.

What is the collective noun for a group of emus?

Racing around Australia, you'll find a Mob of emus!

Three emus together on some luscious green grass.

A mob of three emus.

What's the term for a group of falcons?

Experience the high-speed chase with a Cast of falcons!

What do you call a group of ferrets?

Get tangled up in a Business of ferrets.

What is the collective noun for a group of fish?

Head underwater for a School, Shoal, or Draft of fish.

What do you call a group of flamingos?

Marvel at the colorful Flamboyance or Stand of flamingos!

What is the name of a group of foxes?

Quiet as a whisper, you'll find a Skulk or Leash of foxes.

A mother fox relaxes on the grass with her cubs.

Skulk of foxes relaxing on the grass.

What's the term for a group of frogs?

Leaping into a Pond, Army, or Knot of frogs!

What do you call a group of geese?

Look up for a Gaggle, Skein, or Team of geese.

What is the collective noun for a group of giraffes?

Witness the tall grace with a Tower, or a Journey of giraffes.

What's the name of a group of gorillas?

Stand in awe of a Band or Troop of gorillas.

What do you call a group of grasshoppers?

Prepare for the Cloud or Swarm of grasshoppers.

What is the name of a group of gulls?

A swarm of gulls is known as a Colony.

What do you call a group of hares?

A group of hares is also known as a Down or Husk!

What is a group of hawks called?

Call in the Air Force—it's a Kettle, Cast, or Boiler of hawks!

What is the name of a group of hedgehogs?

It's a Prickle of hedgehogs, no joke!

What do you call a group of herons?

Stretch your neck to see a Sedge or Siege of herons.

What is the collective noun for a group of hippopotami?

A group of hippopotami is often known as a Bloat.

What is the name of a group of hogs?

They might be a Drift, Parcel, or Team of hogs, but they still love mud!

What do you call a group of horses?

A group of horses can be a Team, Harras, Stable, Troop, or, when they are in the wild, a Herd.

A herd of horses walking together through a field.

A herd of horses standing in a field with flowers.

What's the name of a group of hummingbirds?

Look to the skies for a Charm of hummingbirds!

What is a group of hyenas called?

Laugh it up with a Cackle of hyenas!

What do you call a group of ibises?

Gather in awe of a Congregation, Stand, or Wedge of ibises.

What is the collective noun for a group of iguanas?

Enjoy the sun with a Mess of iguanas.

What is the name for a group of impalas?

Meet a crowd of swift-footed Rumour or Herd of impalas.

What do you call a group of jackals?

Beware of the cunning Skulk or Troop of jackals.

What is the name of a group of jellyfish?

Swim in the deep sea and find a Smack, Bloom, or Brood of jellyfish.

Three neon-colored Jellyfish swimming.

A bloom of three neon-colored Jellyfish.

What do you call a group of kangaroos?

Hop into action with a Mob, Troop, or Court of kangaroos!

What is the collective noun for a group of koalas?

They may seem lazy, but there's a Watch or Clump of koalas always on the lookout.

What's the name of a group of larks?

Heralding the dawn, it's an Exaltation or Ascension of larks.

What do you call a group of lemurs?

Get ready to party with a Conspiracy or Troop of lemurs!

Group of ring tailed lemurs huddled together outdoors.

A troop of ring tailed lemurs huddled together.

What is the name of a group of leopards?

Don't blink, or you'll miss the Prowl or Leap of leopards.

What do you call a group of lionfish?

Stay cautious around a Pride or Glare of lionfish.

What is the collective noun for a group of lions?

Embrace the leadership of a Pride of lions.

What is the name of a group of llamas?

Say hello to the Cria, Flock, or Herd of llamas.

What do you call a group of lobsters?

Under the sea, you'll find a Risk or Pod of lobsters.

What is the name of a group of locusts?

Incoming! It's a Plague or Swarm of locusts.

Locust standing on top of other locusts.

A swarm of locusts.

What's the collective term for a group of magpies?

You'll hear the chatter of a Tidings or Gulp of magpies.

What is the name of a group of moles?

Keep your eyes on the earth for a Labour or Company of moles.

What do you call a group of monkeys?

Swing through the trees with a Troop, Cartload, or Barrel of monkeys.

What is the collective noun for a group of mules?

A stubborn Pack, Span, or Barren of mules is on the path.

What's the term for a group of nightingales?

Listen closely to the enchanting Watch of nightingales.

What do you call a group of octopuses?

An Armful or Consortium of octopuses are waiting.

What is the name of a group of opossums?

They might play dead, but it's a Passel of opossums!

What's the collective noun for a group of ostriches?

Run with the speed of a Flock of ostriches.

Group of brown and black common ostrich

A flock of brown and black ostrich.

What do you call a group of otters?

Float by with a Raft or Romp of otters.

What's the term for a group of owls?

Something spooky? It's just a Parliament or Stare of owls.

What is the name for a group of oxen?

Work the field with a Yoke, Drove, or Team of oxen.

What's the name for a group of parrots?

They're chatting away in a Company or Pandemonium of parrots.

What do you call a group of peacocks?

Watch the flash of colors in an Ostentation or Muster of peacocks.

What's the collective noun for a group of pelicans?

By the coast, you'll find a Squadron of pelicans.

What is the name for a group of penguins?

It's the cutest Waddle, Rookery, or Huddle of penguins!

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) diving in the water near the German Neumayer Antarctic station, Atka Bay.

A waddle of Emperor penguins diving into the ocean.

What do you call a group of pigs?

You can find a Litter, Farrow, or Drift of pigs in the mud.

What's the term for a group of porcupines?

You're looking at a Prickle of porcupines.

What is the name for a group of porpoises?

Porpoises tend to hang out in a Herd, School, or Pod!

What's the collective noun for a group of prairie dogs?

These cuties live together in a Colony, Town, or Coterie of prairie dogs.

What do you call a group of quails?

In the bush, there is a Bevy or Covey of quails.

What is the name for a group of rabbits?

A group of rabbits is a Warren, Colony, Nest, Bevy, or Bury!


 An assortment of different colored rabbits eat grass together.

A colony of different colored rabbits eating together.

What's the term for a group of raccoons?

Masked and ready for mischief, it's a Gaze or Nursery of raccoons.

What do you call a group of rats?

Watch out, there's a Swarm, Colony, Plague, or Pack of rats!

What is the collective noun for a group of ravens?

For such mystical birds, it's an Unkindness or Conspiracy of ravens.

What is the name for a group of rhinoceros?

To match their tough skin, there's a Crash of rhinoceros.

What's the term for a group of sardines?

Underwater, you'll find a Family or Shoal of sardines.

What do you call a group of seagulls?

Take it to the skies with a Colony or Squabble of seagulls.

What is the collective noun for a group of seals?

Whether chilling or swimming, it's a Herd, Pod, Bob, or Harem of seals.

What is the name for a group of sharks?

Stand back from the Shiver, School, or Gam of sharks.

Grey reef sharks (Charcharhinus amblyrhynchos) underwater in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

A shiver of grey reef sharks in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

What's the term for a group of sheep?

On the fluffy hillsides, you'll find a Flock, Drove, Down, or Hurtle of sheep.

What do you call a group of snakes?

You might just stumble upon a Den, Nest, Pit, Bed, or Knot of snakes!

What's the term for a group of sparrows?

In the trees and bushes, there's a Host, Quart, Flutter, or Crew of sparrows.

What is the name for a group of spiders?

Don't scream, but it's a Cluster or Clutter of spiders.

What's the collective noun for a group of squid?

A group of squid can be called a Shoal or Squad.

What do you call a group of squirrels?

In the trees, you can find a Dray or Scurry of squirrels.

What is the name for a group of starlings?

Create a mosaic in the sky with a Murmuration, Chattering, or Cloud of starlings.

A group of starlings stand on a horse's back.

A cloud of starlings on a horses back.

What's the term for a group of stingrays?

It's a Glide or Fever of stingrays beneath the sea waves!

What do you call a group of swans?

Watch a Wedge in flight or a Bevy, Bank, or Herd on the ground of swans.

What is the collective noun for a group of tigers?

A powerful and sneaky Ambush or Streak of tigers is on the prowl.

What is the name for a group of toads?

The perfect way to describe a Knot, Knab, or Nest of toads.

What's the term for a group of turkeys?

You've found a Rafter or Gang of turkeys.

What do you call a group of turtles?

Slow and steady, it's a Bale, Nest, or Dole of turtles.

A group of turtles hang out together on a hard surface.

A nest of turtles hang out together.

What is the collective noun for a group of vultures?

Watch the sky for a Committee, Vortex, or Venue of vultures in flight. On the ground, they are a Wake.

What is the term for a group of walruses?

These cool creatures congregate in a Herd or Pod.

What do you call a group of wolves?

Usually seen in a Pack, also referred to as a Route of wolves when in movement.

What's the term for a group of weasels?

A group of weasels can be called a Confusion, Boogle, or Gang.

What is the name for a group of whales?

In the vast ocean, you may encounter a Pod, School, Gam, or Herd of whales.

Three Humpback Whales - A male bull Humpback whale takes interest in a female as her escort watches at a distance.

A pod of three humpback whales.

What's the collective noun for a group of wombats?

These marsupials gather in a Wisdom or Mob of wombats.

What do you call a group of woodpeckers?

In the forest, you might hear a Descent of woodpeckers.

What is the name for a group of yak?

Braving the cold, it's a Drove or Herd of yaks.

What is the name of a group of zebras?

Look for a Dazzle, Cohort, or Zeal of zebras!

What's the term for a group of zebu?

Zebu is typically seen in a Herd.

Conclusion

As you can see, the fascinating world of collective nouns offers insight into the characteristics and behaviors of various animal species. From a Conspiracy of ravens to a Dazzle of zebras, these terms capture our imagination and create vivid imagery. 

As you explore the extraordinary realm of wildlife, take a moment to appreciate the creative and colorful language that adds an extra layer of wonder to the animal kingdom. 

Keep this informative list as a playful reference, and enjoy discovering and sharing these captivating expressions!