Names for Groups of Animals

Written by: Jack De Graaf
Reading time: 2 mins
Last updated: March 17, 2021

Did you know that the collective name for a group of foxes is known as a charm?

A Group of Giraffes

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 moneys 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

Fox In Tall Grass

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 a prickle. It makes sense when you think about it!

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

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

Peacock

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

Woodpeckers pecking a tree

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.

Hope you all enjoyed and thanks for reading!

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9 Comments

  1. Glenn C. Rhoads September 10, 2020

    A group of crows is a murder.

  2. jax nome June 11, 2020

    The collective names fascinated my niece’s children. They had learned of ‘cackle’ for hyenas and ‘parade’ for elephants.

  3. Jerry June 5, 2020

    And then there’s a “scurry of chipmunks (or squirrels)”

  4. Jo January 17, 2020

    A charm of goldfinches.

  5. Ron October 11, 2019

    A group of Crows is a “murder”

  6. Jan W October 9, 2019

    Good to know…and such fun!!!! Thankyou

  7. Kelly June 17, 2019

    I didn’t know that a butterfly’s collective noun is so hard

  8. Valerie March 24, 2019

    A group of Scorpions is called a Cyclone.

  9. Cloris Ellis April 28, 2018

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