Animals and Pets

Animal Groups List of Names From A to Z

Horse Groups

Animal Groups

Many animals live in groups, and most of the collective names for those animal groups date back to medieval times. Here you will find what a group of birds rabbits, dogs, or cats are called, and many more. Every group of mammals or insects has a unique collective noun to identify the specific group.

The earliest collective nouns of animals were compiled in a book called The Treatise, written by Walter of Bibbesworth in the mid-1200s. Centuries later, a larger collection of terms for animals appeared in The Book of Saint Albans, printed in 1486, which included a list called "The Compaynys of beestys and fowlys," with many collective nouns for animals.

Groups of animals often have interesting and unusual names. Sometimes the collective nouns have a connection to the animal, and sometimes it seems as if they were assigned by choosing any random word in the dictionary. Take a look at the names of groups of animals ranging from the familiar to the bizarre.

 

Animal

Alligators

Antelopes

Ants

Asses

Badgers

Bats

Bears

Beavers

Bees

Birds

Bitterns

Boars

Bucks

Buffalo

Butterflies

Buzzards

Camels   

Caribou

Caterpillars

Cats

Cattle

Chickens

Cobras

Cockroaches

Colts

Cormorants

Cows

Crocodiles

Crows

Cubs

Curlews

Deer

Dogs

Dolphins

Donkeys 

Dotterels

Doves

Ducks

Eagles

Eels

Elephants

Elks

Emus

Ferrets

Finches  

Fish

Flamingos

Flies

Foxes

Frogs  

Geese

Giraffes

Gnats

Goats

Goldfinches

Goldfishes

Gorillas

Grasshoppers

Greyhounds

Gulls

Hares

Hawks

Hens

Herons  

Herrings

Hippopotamuses

Hogs

Horses

Hounds

Hyenas

Jays

Jellyfish

Kangaroos 

Larks

Leopards

Lions

Lizards

Locusts

Magpies

Mallards

Martens

Mice

Moles

Monkeys

Moose

Mules

Nightingales

Otters

Owls

Oxen

Pandas

Parrots

Partridges

Peacocks

Pelicans

Penguins

Pheasants

Pigeons

Pigs

Plovers

Porcupines

Porpoises

Prairie dogs

Quail

Rabbits

Raccoons

Rats

Rattlesnakes

Ravens

Rhinoceroses

Roebucks

Sardines

Seals

Sharks

Sheep

Snakes

Sparrows

Spiders

Squirrels

Starlings

Storks

Swallows

Swans

Swifts

Swine

Teals

Tigers

Toads

Trout

Turkeys

Turtle doves

Turtles

Vipers

Walruses

Weasels

Whales

Wild Cats (feral)

Wolves

Wombats

Woodcocks

Woodpeckers

Zebras

Group

congregation

herd

colony, army, swarm

drove, herd, pace

cete

colony  

sloth, sleuth

colony

swarm, hive, grist

fleet, flight, flock, parcel, pod, volery

sedge, seige

sounder, singular

brace, clash

herd

swarm, rabble, kaleidoscope, flutter 

kettle, committee, wake

train, caravan, flock 

herd

army

clowder

drove, herd

flock, brood, clutch

quiver  

intrusion

rag, rake

gulp

herd, drove

bask, float

murder, horde

litter

herd

herd

pack, litter, kennel

pod

drove, herd, pace  

trip

arc, bevy, cote, dole, dule, flight, padding, piteousness

padding, flock, raft, team

aerie, convocation

bed, swarm

herd, memory

gang, herd 

mob

business

charm

school, shoal, haul, catch, run, drought

stand, flamboyance

swarm, business, cloud

leash, skulk, troop

army

gaggle, skein

herd, corps, tower

swarm, cloud, horde

flock, herd, tribe, trip  

charm

glint, troubling

band, troop

cloud

leash, brace

colony

drove

aerie, cast, kettle

brood

sedge, siege

shoal

herd, bloat

drove, herd, parcel

herd, band, string, team, stable, troop

pack, brace, mute, cry

clan, cackle

party, scold, band

smack, brood

herd, mob, troop

exaltation

leap

pride

lounge

plague

tiding

flush, sord

richness

nest

company, labor, movement

troop, barrel

herd

pack, span, barren

watch

romp

parliament

team, yoke, drove

embarrassment

company, pandemonium

covey

muster, ostentation

pod

colony, rookery, waddle (on land) - raft (in water)

bouquet, nye, nest, nide

flight, flock

drift, drove, litter, sounder, team, passel

congregation, wing

prickle

school, herd, pod, shoal, crowd

coterie

bevy, covey

colony, nest, warren, herd, litter, down, husk

gaze

colony, pack, plague, swarm

rhumba

unkindness

crash

bevy

family

pod, herd, rookery

school, shiver, herd

down, drove, flock, pack, hurtle, trip, fold

den, nest, pit, bed, knot

host

clutter

dray, scurry

chattering, murmuration

flight, muster, mustering, phalanx

flight

bevy, herd, wedge, bank

flock

sounder, drift, herd

spring

ambush, streak

knot, nest

hover

rafter

dule, pitying

bale, dole

generation, nest

herd, pod

pack, colony

pod, herd, gam, school

destruction, dowt (or dout)

pack, rout

wisdom

fall

descent

crossing, herd, zeal