Names for Groups of Animals

So the other day I found out what the name for a collective group of owls is (it’s a parliament, by the way), and that set me to thinking: what other strange and cool names are there for groups of animals? So I had a look and it turns out there’s quite a few, so I compiled an A-Z for you all.

A for Apes – a group of apes is called a shrewdness.

B for Butterflies – a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope (and when you imagine a massive group of them all taking wing it’s easy to see why!)

C for Cobras – a group of cobras is called a quiver.

D for Donkeys – a group of donkeys is called a drove.

E for Eagles – a group of eagles is called a convocation.

F for Foxes – a group of foxes is called a charm.

G for Giraffes – a group of giraffes is called a tower.

H for Hedgehogs – a group of hedgehogs is called a prickle.

I for Iguanas – a group of iguanas is called a slaughter.

J for Jellyfish – a group of jellyfish is called a smack.

K for Kangaroos – a group of kangaroos is called a mob.

L for Larks – a group of larks is called an exaltation.

M for Monkeys – a group of monkeys is called a troop.

N for Nightingales – a group of nightingales is called a watch.

O for Owls – a group of owls is called a parliament.

P for Peacocks – a group of peacocks is called an ostentation.

Q for Quails – a group of quail is called a covey.

R for Ravens – a group of ravens is called an unkindness.

S for Sharks – a group of sharks is called a shiver.

T for Tortoises – a group of tortoises is called a bale.

U for Unicorns – a group of unicorns is called a blessing.

V for Vultures – a group of vultures is called a wake.

W for Woodpeckers – a group of woodpeckers is called a descent.

X for X-Ray Fish – a group of x-ray fish are called a school.

Y for Yuma Myotis (a species of bat) – a group of yuma myotis is called a cloud.

Z for Zebra – a group of zebras is called a zeal.

Hope you all enjoyed and thanks for reading!

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Jack Leith-De Graaf
Jack Leith-De Graaf is a BA English Studies graduate and a part-time writer. In his spare time he likes to read and do circus skills. He enjoys writing about video games, television and general knowledge.


One Comment
  1. Cloris Ellis 28th April 2018 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I was looking for what to call a group of apes, and learned all sorts of new Scrabble words. Interesting.

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