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 list of the collective names for groups of animals! The name for monkeys is my favorite, what’s yours?
A for Apes
The collective name for 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. How charming!
G for Giraffes
A group of giraffes is called a tower.
H for Hedgehogs
A group of hedgehogs is called an array.
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 Otters
A group of otters has various names including: a bevy, family, lodge or a romp. When they’re in the water, a group of otters is known as a raft.
P for Peacocks
A group of peacocks is called an ostentation. You can read more facts about peacocks right here!
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
The collective name for a group of sharks is called a shiver.
T for Tortoises
A group of tortoises is called a creep. Not to be confused with turtles, as a group of them are known as a bale, turn, dole, or nest.
U for Unicorns
We know they’re a mythical creature, but still! Did you know that a group of unicorns is called a blessing?
V for Vultures
A group of vultures is called a wake.
W for Woodpeckers
The collective name for 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
For what?! Yuma Myotis is a species of bat! And the name for a group of yuma myotis is called a cloud.
Z for Zebra
A group of zebras is called a zeal.
Wow, who would have thought there were so many different names for a group of animals?
Our favorite has got to be “shiver” for a group of sharks! I mean, who wouldn’t shiver if they spotted a group of sharks while in the water?