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List of collective nouns for animals

List of collective nouns for animals
Written by Rakesh Kumar

List of collective nouns for animals

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Nouns for Animals:-

Learn useful list of collective nouns for animals, turkeys, owls, crows, ravens with example sentences.


You surely know which groups animals fall into in your native language and so you are also surely aware of the importance of knowing this information.


When talking about animals, you may be required to let the listener know which category the animal you are referring to falls into.


In this section, you are going to learn the English names for the various animal groups and this will give you an advantage when it comes to conversation and writing about animals.


In English, a collective noun for animals refers to a collection or a group of animals taken as a whole.


Collective nouns for animals:


Q.-1.What is a group of turkeys called?

Ans: A flock of turkeys, a rafter of turkeys .

Q.-2.What is a group of owls called?

Ans: A parliament of owls, a stare of owls .

Q.-3.What is a group of crows called?

Ans: A murder of crows, a hover of crows, a muster of crows, a parcel of crows .

Q.-4.What is a group of ravens called?

Ans: An unkindness of ravens, an aerie of ravens, a conspiracy of ravens .

Q.-5.What is a group of frogs called?

Ans: An army of frogs, a colony of frogs, a knot of frogs .


Nouns for Animals

Q.-6.What is a group of flamingos called?

Ans: A stand of flamingos .

Q.-7.What is a group of rabbits called?

Ans: A colony of rabbits, a bury of rabbits, a drove of rabbits, a warren of rabbits, a wrack of rabbits.

Q.-8.What is a group of lions called?

Ans: A pride of lions, a flock of lions, a troop of lions .

Q.-9.What is a group of foxes called?

Ans: A skulk of foxes, an earth of foxes, a lead of foxes, a leash of foxes, a troop of foxes .

Q.-10.What is a group of pigs called?

Ans: A drove of pigs, a drift of pigs, a flock of pigs, a herd of pigs .

Q.-11.What is a group of bats called?

Ans: A cloud of bats, a colony of bats .

Q.-12.What is a group of bears called?

Ans: A sloth of bears.

Q.-13.What is a group of geese called?

Ans: A gaggle of geese, a flock of geese, a plump of geese, a wedge of geese .


Learn names of different groups of animals in English.


Collective Nouns for Bird: –

No.-1.A band/A party/A scold of jays

No.-2.A bazaar of guillemots

No.-3.A bellowing of bullfinches

No.-4.A bevy/A covey/A drift of quails

No.-5.A brood/A clutch/A peep of chickens

No.-6.A brood of hens

No.-7.A cadge of peregrines

No.-8.A cast of falcons

No.-9.A chain of bobolinks

No.-10.A charm/A chirm/A trembling/A trimming of finches

No.-11.A charm/A chattering/A drum/A troubling of goldfinches

No.-12.A charm/A chattering/A drum/A troubling of hummingbirds

No.-13.A cloud of seafowls

No.-14.A colony/A flock/A raft of auks

No.-15.A colony of avocets

No.-16.A colony of gulls

No.-17.A colony of ibises

No.-18.A colony/A parcel/A rookery of penguins


Collective Nouns for Animals

No.-19.A colony/A committee/A wake of vultures

No.-20.A company /A flock/A pandemonium/A psittacosis of parrots

No.-21.A company/A bunch/A coil/A flight/A knob/A trip of widgeons

No.-22.A congregation/A charm/A flock/A gulp/A murder/A tiding/A tittering/A tribe of magpies

No.-23.A congregation/A band/A flight/A leash/A stand/A wing of plovers

No.-24.A convocation/An aerie of eagles

No.-25.A covert/A commotion/A cover/A fleet/A flock/A pod/A rasp/A swarm of coots

No.-26.A covey/A brace/A brood/A flight/A pack of grouse

No.-27.A covey/A bevy/A clutch/A warren of partridges

No.-28.A covey of ptarmigans

No.-29.A crowd of redwings

No.-30.A descent of woodpeckers

No.-31.A desert/A deceit of lapwings

No.-32.A dole/A flight/A piteousness/A pitying/A prettying of doves

No.-33.A fall/A covey/A flight/A plump of woodcocks

No.-34.A flight of birds

No.-35.A flight/A gulp of cormorants

No.-36.A flight of goshawks

No.-37.A flight/A flock/A kit/A passel of pigeons

No.-38.A flight/A gulp of swallows

No.-39.A fling of dunlins

No.-40.A fling of sandpipers

No.-41.A flock of birds

No.-42.A flock of bustards

No.-43.A flock of swifts

No.-44.A flock of turkeys

No.-45.A flush of ducks

No.-46.A gaggle/A flock/A plump/A skein/A team/A wedge of geese

No.-47.A head/A herd of curlews

No.-48.A herd/A bank/A bevy/A drift/A game/A herd/A lamentation/A squadron/A team/A wedge/A whiteness/A whiting of swans

No.-49.A herd/A flock of wrens

No.-50.A hill of ruffs

No.-51.A host/A quarrel/A tribe/A ubiquity of sparrows

No.-52.A knob of pintails

No.-53.A mews/An aerie/A cast/A kettle/A mew/A screw/A stream of hawks

No.-54.A murder/A hover/A muster/A parcel of crows

No.-55.A chattering/A cloud/A congregation/A clutter of starlings

No.-56.A muse of capons

No.-57.A muster/An ostentation/A pride of peacocks

No.-58.A mustering/A flight/A phalanx of storks

No.-59.A mutation of thrushes

No.-60.A bouquet/A head/A warren of pheasants

No.-61.A parcel of linnets

No.-62.A parliament/A stare of owls

No.-62.A parliament/A building/A congregation/A shoal/A wing of rooks

No.-63.A pitying of turtledoves


Collective nouns for animals and birds

No.-64.A plump of moorhens

No.-65.A plump/A bunch/A knob/A raft of waterfowls

No.-66.A pod/A scoop of pelicans

No.-67.A prattle of parrots

No.-68.A pride/A flock of ostriches

No.-69.A rafter of turkeys

No.-70.A run of poultry

No.-71.A sedge/A siege of bitterns

No.-72.A sedge/A herd/A sedge/A siege of cranes

No.-73.A sedge/A flight/A hedge/A rookery/A siege of herons

No.-74.A flush/A puddling of mallards

No.-75.A spring/A bunch/A coil/A knob/A raft of teals

No.-76.A squabble of seagulls

No.-77.A stand of flamingos

No.-78.A trip of dotterels

No.-79.A trip/A bunch/A knob/A lute/A skein of wildfowls

No.-80.A wake of buzzards

No.-81.A walk/A wisp of snipes

No.-82.A watch/A match/A pray of nightingales

No.-83.An army of caterpillars

No.-84.An exaltation/An ascension/A bevy/A flight of larks

No.-85.An ostentation of peacocks

No.-86.An unkindness/An aerie/A conspiracy of ravens


Collective Nouns for Mammals:-

No.-1.An array/A prickle of hedgehogs

No.-2.A band/A whoop of gorillas

No.-3.A band/A pack of mongooses

No.-4.A barren/A pack/A rake/A span of mules

No.-5.A blessing of unicorns

No.-6.A bloat/A crash/A herd/A pod/A school/A thunder of hippopotami

No.-7.A brace of geldings

No.-8.A bury/A game of conies

No.-9.A business/A cast of ferrets

No.-10.A colony of badgers

No.-11.A chine of polecats

No.-12.A clan of hyenas

No.-13.A cloud/A colony of bats

No.-14.A glaring/A cluster/A clutter of cats

No.-15.A cluster/A herd/A tribe of antelopes

No.-16.A coalition of cheetahs

No.-17.A cohort/A herd/A zeal of zebras

No.-18.A colony/A family/A lodge of beavers

No.-19.A colony of chinchillas

No.-20.A colony/A bury/A drove/A flick/A kindle/A leash/A nest/A trace/A warren/A wrack of rabbits

No.-21.A colony/A horde/A mischief/A swarm of rats


list of Collective Nouns for Animals and Birds with Examples 

No.-22.A colony/A harem/A herd/A pod/A rookery/A spring of seals

No.-23.A colony of voles

No.-24.A congress/A flange/A troop of baboons

No.-25.A coterie/A town of prairie dogs

No.-26.A couple of impalas

No.-27.A cowardice of curs

No.-28.A crash/A herd/A stubbornness of rhinoceroses

No.-29.A destruction of (wild) cats

No.-30.A destruction of wildcats

No.-31.A drift/A trip of (tame) swine

No.-32.A dray/A colony of squirrels

No.-33.A drift/A drove/A parcel of hogs

No.-34.A drove of bullocks

No.-35.A drove/A down/A flick/A herd/A husk/A kindle/A leash/A trace/A trip of hares

No.-36.A drove/A drift/A flock/A herd of pigs

No.-37.A drove/A herd of swine

No.-38.A fall of lambs

No.-39.A family/A bevy/A raft/A romp of otters

No.-40.A farrow/A litter of piglets

No.-41.A field/A string of racehorses

No.-42.A flock/A caravan/A herd/A train of camels

No.-43.A flock/A down/A drift/A drove/A fold/A herd/A mob/A parcel/A trip of

No.-44.A gang/A herb/An obstinacy of buffalos

No.-45.A gang/A herd of elks

No.-46.A grind of bottle-nosed whales

No.-47.A group of guinea pigs

No.-48.A herd/A gang of bisons

No.-49.A herd/A leash of bucks

No.-50.A herd of caribous

No.-51.A herd/A drift/A drove/A mob of cattle

No.-52.A herd of chamois

No.-53.A herd/A drove of donkeys

No.-54.A herd of elands

No.-55.A herd/A parade of elephants

No.-56.A herd/An implausibility of gnus

No.-57.A herd of hartebeests

No.-58.A herd of harts

No.-59.A herd of ibexes

No.-60.A herd of llamas

No.-61.A herd of moose

No.-62.A herd of wildebeests

No.-63.A herd of yaks

No.-64.A horde of gerbils

No.-65.A horde of hamsters

No.-66.A huddle/A herd/An ugly of walruses

No.-67.A husk of jackrabbits

No.-68.A journey/A group/A herd/A tower of giraffes

No.-69.A kindle/A litter of kittens

No.-70.A kindle of leverets

No.-71.A labor/A company/A movement of moles

No.-72.A leap of leopards

No.-73.A leash of greyhounds

No.-74.A litter of cubs

No.-75.A litter of pups


Collective nouns for animals list

No.-76.A mischief/A horde/A nest/A trip of mice

No.-77.A mob/A troop of kangaroos

No.-78.A mob of wombats

No.-79.A nursery/A gaze of raccoons

No.-80.A pace/A drove/A coffle/A herd of asses

No.-81.A pack/A band/A rout of coyotes

No.-82.A pack/A kennel of dogs

No.-83.A pack/A cry/A hunt/A kennel/A leash/A meet/A mute/A  stable of hounds

No.-84.A pack/A trip of stoats

No.-85.A pack/A herd/A rout of wolves

No.-86.A parcel of hinds

No.-87.A pod/A flock/A school/A team of dolphins

No.-88.A prickle of porcupines

No.-89.A pride/A flock/A sault/A troop of lions

No.- 90.A rake/A rack/A rag of colts

No.- 91.A richness of martens

No.- 92.A school/A herd/A pod of porpoises

No.- 93.A school/A float/A gam/A herd/A mob/A pod/A run/A shoal of whales

No.- 94.A shrewdness/A troop of apes

No.- 95.A skulk/An earth/A lead/A leash/A troop of foxes

No.- 96.A sloth of bears

No.- 97.A sneak/A gang/A pack of weasels

No.- 98.A sounder of (wild) boars

No.- 99.A sounder of (wild) pigs

No.-100.A sounder of (wild) swine

No.-101.A stable/A herd/A string/A stud/A team/A drove of horses

No.-102.A string/A herd of ponies

No.-103.A stud of mares

No.-104.A surfeit of skunks

No.-105.A team/A drove/A herd/A span/A yoke of oxen

No.-106.A trip/A flock/A herd/A trip/A tribe of goats

No.-107.A troop/A mission/A tribe/A cartload/A wilderness of monkeys

No.-108.An ambush/A streak of tigers

No.-109.An aurora/A pack of polar bears


Collective Nouns for Sea Animals

No.-1.A battery of barracudas

No.-2.A bind/A leap/A school/A shoal/A run/A draught of salmon

No.-3.A cluster of porcupine fish

No.-4.A company of angelfish

No.-5.A company of archer fish

No.-6.A family of sardines

No.-7.A fleet/A shoal of bass

No.-8.A float of tuna

No.-9.A flotilla of swordfish

No.-10.A glean/An army/A shoal of herrings

No.-11.A glide of flying fish

No.-12.A glint/A troubling of goldfish

No.-13.A grind of blackfish

No.-14.A herd of seahorses

No.-15.A pack of perch

No.-16.A party of rainbow fish

No.-17.A quantity of smelts

No.-18.A school of butterfly fish

No.-19.A school of cod

No.-20.A shiver/A school/A shoal of sharks

No.-21.A shoal/A catch/A draught/A fray/A haul/A run/A school of fish

No.-22.A shoal of mackerel

No.-23.A shoal/A steam/A stream/A swarm of minnows

No.-24.A shoal/A school of pilchards

No.-25.A shoal of roach

No.-26.A shoal of shads

No.-27.A shoal/A spread of sticklebacks

No.-28.A squad of squid

No.-29.A swarm of dragonet fish

No.-30.A swarm of eels

No.-31.A troop of dogfish

No.-32.A troupe of shrimp


Collective Nouns for Amphibians and Reptiles:-

No.-1.A quiver of cobras

No.-2.A bask/A congregation/A float/A nest of crocodiles

No.-3.A herd/A pack of dinosaurs (pack)

No.-4.A flight/A wing of dragons

No.-5.An army/A colony/A knot of frogs

No.-6.A mess of iguanas

No.-7.A den/A bed/A knot/A nest/A pit of snakes

No.-8.A knot/A nest/A knob of toads

No.-9.A bale/A turn of turtles

No.-10.A nest/A generation of vipers


Collective Nouns for Invertebrates

No.-1.A culture of bacteria

No.-2.A stuck/A smack of jellyfish

No.-3.A clew of worms4


Collective Nouns for Insects and Arachnids:-

No.-1.A colony/An army/A bike/A swarm of ants

No.-2.A swarm/A bike/A cast/A cluster/A drift/A game/A hive/A stand/A rabble/A grist of bees

No.-3.A bike of (wild) bees

No.-4.A flight/A rabble/A swarm of butterflies

No.-5.An army of caterpillars

No.-6.An intrusion of cockroaches

No.-7.A swarm/A cloud/A business/A grist/A hatch of flies

No.-8.A cloud/A horde/A rabble/A swarm of gnats

No.-9.A cloud/A cluster/A swarm of grasshoppers

No.-10.A bike/A nest/A swarm of hornets

No.-11.A flight/A horde/A plague/A rabble/A swarm of insects

No.-12.A flock/A colony/An infestation of lice

No.-13.A plague/A cloud/A swarm of locusts

No.-14.A scourge/A swarm of mosquitoes

No.-15.A clutter/A cluster of spiders

No.-16.A colony/A swarm of termites

No.-17.A colony/A bike/A nest of wasps


Collective Nouns for Mollusk: –

No.-1.A bed of clams

No.-2.A bed of cockles

No.-3.A bed of mussels

No.-4.A bed/A hive of oysters

No.-5.A rout/A walk of snails


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